said: "I wish my daughter and two sons could be there when I cross the finish line.
, who has been taking in animals since the 1970s, bought her first pony on impulse in 1977 at a local market to save her from meat dealers who were bidding for the ponies.
's son Sandy died of a heart attack in 2012, her daughter Katie after suffering viral pneumonia in 2013 and her other son Bob in an accident in 2016.
, of Auchenmalg, Dumfries and Galloway, will leave Land's End on May 24 and aims to reach John o'Groats on June 13.
' grandaughter and great grandchild also came along to see Mavis
being showered with gifts, cards and well wishes from all at school.
made her debut with the family group in 1950 and, by the middle of that decade, they had a hit record with Uncloudy Day (for Vee-Jay Records).
was raised in Igatpuri, a Hill Station in the Western Ghats of India, and at 16 met her Manchester-born husband who was serving in the forces.
, who moved to Wheate Croftin Tile Hill60 years ago from Baginton Fields, was one of the first residents of modern Tile Hill.
is a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital.
The merger of Mavis
and Express unites two operators in the automotive service sector to operate more than 830 locations in 24 states across the East Coast, South and Midwest, US.
Dobie, 96, has had to wrap up in a blanket all day to keep warm as temperatures dropped to -7 degrees Celsius.
Jones, as she was then called, was my mother's friend when my mother was a photographer on the Merthyr Express in the late '50s, when Mavis
was a reporter," said Jeremy.