Margaret celebrates 101st birthday

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A nature lover with a positive outlook on life has celebrated her 101st birthday.

Margaret Sharp, who lives at Sanctuary Care’s Caton House Nursing Home in Milton Keynes turned 101 on Tuesday and marked her special day with a birthday dinner and a gentle afternoon bird watching at the home.

The celebrations have actually been going on since the weekend, when her stepson Brian Sharp came to the home to spoil her.

Margaret, who has lived at the home in Epsom Grove, Bletchley for four years, explained her secret to reaching such a wonderful age. She said: “It’s being happy with what you have got. I have many happy memories to look back on.”

Just two weeks ago Margaret hit the headlines of the Milton Keynes Citizen when she was dubbed the city’s oldest pancake flipper after taking part in a pancake race at Caton House Nursing Home on Shrove Tuesday.

Having grown up in the village of Hilden in Buckinghamshire, near Stony Stratford, Margaret has a passion for nature and loves to read books about wildlife and animals.

The former nanny recalled her memories of days gone by. “I remember VE day and the Queen’s coronation as being a great occasion,” she said.

Margaret recalled the days of the war and how people pulled together. She said: “It was very sad seeing young men being sent off to war. They could be very sad times but people were always helpful and friendly. There were very few bad people around. Food was very expensive and we used to gather what we could from the fields and hedges and trees.”