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A brace of centenarians

MARGUERITE Farmer may have just turned 100 but the centenarian’s sense of humour is still fully intact.

MARGUERITE Farmer may have just turned 100 but the centenarian’s sense of humour is still fully intact.

Upon receiving her celebratory card from the Queen, Marguerite joked that Her Majesty had copied her blue flock which was almost identical to the one she was wearing.

The great-grandmother of two celebrated her 100th birthday amongst friends and family at Elizabeth House and says that her long life is down to good food and no alcohol. Or, perhaps it was her love of tennis that she played together with husband Aubrey that made her fit for a long life.

Marguerite, born only three years after the Titanic sank, married Aubrey in 1935 and together they built the bungalow on Houndsfield Lane, in Whitlock’s End.

It was there that all her children were born - daughter Lesley and three sons Roger, Martyn and David.

On many nights the bungalow provided shelter for family and friends escaping the worst of the bombing of Birmingham during World War II.

She can recall one day when a German bomber flying very low with an RAF fighter in hot pursuit narrowly missed taking the roof off the bungalow. It finally crashed in the grounds of Fulford Hall with the loss of all its young crew.

Sadly her husband passed away in 1981, and since 2006 Marguerite has lived in the Elizabeth House Care Home where she receives frequent visits from her child­ren.

 

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