Peggy is 100 Street cel­e­brates big birthday with party for ev­ery­one

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - jes­[email protected]­plc.com Jes­sica MERCER

AWOMAN from Chel­tenham cel­e­brated her 100th birthday with a street party by the home where she has lived her en­tire life.

Peggy Sa­muels was born at the prop­erty, which is sit­u­ated a short walk away from the town cen­tre, on Au­gust 20 1919.

Bunting had been hung up on the tele­graph poles and bal­loons were tied to the fences for the happy oc­ca­sion.

As Peggy made her grand en­trance from the doors of her home, she was vis­i­bly moved to see her fam­ily and friends and hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered to­gether.

She was pre­sented with a birthday cake as well as flow­ers, choco­late and gifts from res­i­dents of ev­ery gen­er­a­tion.

In tears dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion as the crowd cheered their birthday wishes, Peggy’s day was made ex­tra spe­cial by the peo­ple she has known dur­ing her long life.

The joy­ful event was pri­mar­ily put to­gether by res­i­dents Kate Elvy and Lorraine Thorn, as well as friends of Peggy, who said that they “couldn’t let it go past with­out a men­tion.”

Kate said: “100 years old - you can­not make that up.

“Friends, fam­ily, neigh­bours have come to join in - even peo­ple who have moved away from the street now.”

Louise added: “Peggy and Ron (Peggy’s part­ner) are very pop­u­lar in the street and we just wanted to do this for them.”

Adrian Elvy, Kate’s hus­band, gave a speech at the party and toasted Peggy’s mile­stone:

“Peggy has seen Chel­tenham go from a small town to a large town,” he said.

“The street get­ting busier and busier, chil­dren be­ing de­liv­ered and peo­ple mov­ing.

“We all too eas­ily look back at Peggy’s gen­er­a­tion and say how hard it must have been.

“But I’d ar­gue that Peggy might say it

was the other way around and it was the small things that mat­tered the most.”

Peggy grew up in Chel­tenham with her two broth­ers, one who passed away in his eight­ies and the other who is in his nineties.

“Life has changed a lot over the years - there was a lot more free­dom back then,” she said.

“When I was young we more or less did what we wanted to.”

Peggy spent her youth go­ing to Sun­day school and look­ing af­ter the other chil­dren in the street.

She con­tin­ued: “Dur­ing the war, you had to walk about in the dark and you were re­stricted to what you could eat be­cause you had ra­tion books and so on.

“We had more re­stric­tions but it was bet­ter in some ways - we had to make do with what we had.”

In her early twen­ties Peggy worked for a com­pany pro­duc­ing air­craft am­mu­ni­tion for the war, where she would later meet her hus­band who she would go on to have two chil­dren with.

Al­though her hus­band and daugh­ter have passed away, Peggy’s son lives just around the cor­ner from her.

She has two grand­chil­dren and seven great-grand­chil­dren.

So what is Peggy’s se­cret to reach­ing the mag­nif­i­cent mile­stone?

“I have a glass of brandy ev­ery night,” she added.

“You’ve got to be­have your­self haven’t you?

“I’ve lived my en­tire life with­out any med­i­ca­tion - ex­cept brandy, that’s what keeps me go­ing.”

Street party cel­e­brates the 100th birthday of Peggy Sa­muels

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