A happy 100th birthday to Margaret

A happy 100th birthday to Margaret

A WOMAN born and raised in Batley has celebrated her 100th birthday. 

Margaret McLoughlin was born mid-way through the First World War, on December 7, 1916, and celebrated the special occasion with a party at the care home where she now lives.

She was born in Batley as the youngest of 19 children and worked in local mills until she met her husband Chris and married him in 1942.

The couple went on to have five children of their own: Chris, John, Mary, Timothy and Francis, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild is expected in the new year.

Margaret and Chris used to manage clubs in the area and spent six years at a club in Batley Carr as stewards before moving on to Batley Irish Democratic League Club, where they spent a further three years. They then became relief stewards, working in clubs all around the region.

To celebrate the birthday, Lydgate Lodge Care Home threw her a party which featured an Elvis Presley impersonator.

She said: “I am so overwhelmed with all the cards and gifts I have received.”

Margaret puts her long life down to “the odd half a lager”.

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