Mar­garet still turns heads as an Avon lady... aged 90

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

NINETY-YEAR-OLD Mar­garet May­ers is keep­ing her com­mu­nity glam­orous as one of the coun­try’s old­est Avon reps.

The great-grand­mother has just cel­e­brated her 90th birth­day with her beloved twin Ed­ward Massey.

While other nona­ge­nar­i­ans put their feet up in re­tire­ment 30 years ago, Mar­garet is still work­ing sell­ing beauty prod­ucts.

While she can’t go from door to door as much as she used to, af­ter 27 years sell­ing lip­sticks, pow­ders and lo­tions she still walks to neigh­bours on the We­ston es­tate to col­lect or­ders.

Mar­garet, of Count­ess Street, Mac­cles­field, said she’s had thou­sands of cus­tomers over the years.

She said: “When I re­tired I wanted to keep this old brain go­ing so I started Avon and I’ve been do­ing it ever since.

“I don’t do it to make lots of money but it’s a way of meet­ing peo­ple.

“I don’t go on the streets much now, but I get out to half a dozen peo­ple where I live and take brochures to Broken Cross club and the Co-op.”

Mar­garet was born and bred in Mac­cles­field. She lived on Brock Street as a child, next door to her gran­dad Thomas Massey who loaned his farm­land to the cir­cus when it came to town.

The land was sold to King’s School in 1932 for the West­min­ster Road play­ing fields.

Mar­garet met her hus­band Hugh on VE Day in Mar­ket Place. The cou­ple have a daugh­ter He­len Samwells, grandaugh­ters Rachael Birch and Ni­cola Tay­lor and three great­grand­sons.

Hugh died in 2007 just be­fore their 55th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Mar­garet has never been shy of work­ing hard. Af­ter work­ing in Manchester for 10 years, she worked at Craven House in Mac­cles­field from age 27, in the Na­tional As­sis­tance Board, the gov­ern­ment’s ben­e­fits and pen­sions depart­ment.

She worked there un­til re­tire­ment aged 62 and started sell­ing Avon. She had dozens of reg­u­lar clients in her hey­day.

The die hard Avon fan is still turn­ing heads af­ter us­ing the prod­ucts all these years.

Mar­garet said: “Peo­ple tell me I don’t look 90. I’ve al­ways used Avon and like to look good. Things have re­ally changed over the years. They’re al­ways chang­ing things now. I’ll keep do­ing Avon for as long as I can. I’ve no in­ten­tion of giv­ing up yet.”

Mar­garet May­ers, 90, is one of the coun­try’s old­est Avon reps

Six-mon­thold Con­nie, pic­tured with mum Jenny Ban­naghan, is among the li­brary’s youngest read­ers

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