Peggy is 100 Street celebrates big birthday with party for everyone
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