One Vision Housing tenant Margaret Clarke, known as Peggy to her friends, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by dozens of family, friends and neighbours at her home in Mill Spring Court, Bootle.
Peggy, who has been dubbed the Queen of Mill Spring Court, was inundated with cards and gifts for her birthday, one of which was from another Queen, Queen Elizabeth II. In true Scouse fashion, Peggy said of the card:
“Elizabeth and I are old friends, but she never sends me anything, just a picture of herself!”
Originally from the Marsh Lane area of Liverpool, Peggy was raised by her Aunt and later built a career as landlady of multiple Liverpool pubs, including the Walnut Tree pub on Well Lane. When Peggy wasn’t serving the thirsty throngs of Liverpool, she was busy raising three children and in her spare time she loved to dance.
Peggy now spends most of her time with family and friends at her home in One Vision Housing’s Retirement Living Scheme, Mill Spring Court, and every Wednesday she goes out for a few games of bingo.
When asked what her secret to a long life was, she replied:
“I used to drink whiskey and I never ate vegetables or bananas. Now, I don’t drink at all and I eat four bananas a day.”
“I want to go down in age, not up. Next year I want to be 99 again!”
After 21 years at Mill Spring Court Peggy’s favourite thing about the scheme is the people, but she says she enjoys bossing them around even more.
OVH Independent Living Officer, Jeanette Tinsley, said:
“Peggy is always active, out and about, and very cheeky. We call her our Queen, the Queen of Mill Spring Court. I want to be like Peggy when I’m 100!”
The recently refurbished Mill Spring Court offers assisted living facilities featuring self-contained flats for community residents 60 years and over. Tenants can enjoy an onsite salon, library and garden plus communal activities such as bingo, breakfast/lunch clubs and more.
For more information about One Vision Housing and their work in the community, visit ovh.org.uk