Peggy heads home for landmark day

Margaret celebrates with son Brian and wife Audrey
Margaret celebrates with son Brian and wife Audrey
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MARGARET Robertson has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Margaret Robertson, known as Peggy, made a nostalgic trip to her hometown of Florencecourt, a small village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland after living in the Capital for 50 years.

Peggy was treated to a party by her remaining relatives in her home town which included speeches from her family.

Born on August 18, 1915, Peggy grew up as the second youngest of five.

With two brothers and two sisters, she was raised on a farm by her parents James and Jean Sheridan where they had crops of potatoes and cabbages.

She attended Florencecourt Public Elementary School before moving onto secondary school.

Leaving school at 14, Peggy pedalled seven miles on her 
push-bike to her work as a typist in Belfast for Coopers Solicitors due to lack of other forms of transport in 1929.

She worked there for ten years before she was conscripted at the age of 24 to join the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) during the outbreak of the war in 1939.

During her time in the WRNS 
she worked aboard six different 
naval ships where she washed the dishes and did the cleaning for the sailors.

She travelled to South Africa with the Royal Navy before being stationed in Egypt where she met her husband Thomas Arthur Robertson, who worked as a staff sergeant in the Army,

Peggy was demobbed in 1945 and was officially released as a class A in 1946.

She married Thomas in Glasgow after her release.

After getting married, Peggy moved to Edinburgh with her husband where she would stay for the next 50 years. There, in 1957, they had one child, Brian, who is now married.

Brian, who lives in Fife, made the trip with his mother and his wife Audrey over to Northern Ireland.

After moving to Edinburgh with her husband, Peggy was given nothing but a ration book by the government to look after herself 
like so many others in post-war Britain.

At her home in the Restalrig area, Peggy enjoys gardening and cites being outdoors and clean living as the key to her long life. She said: “Never smoked and I don’t drink. I like gardening. Gardening is my hobby if the weather permits.

“I’m true believer in the fish oil capsules and I’ve been taking them for years.”

She added: “I don’t feel any different from any other day.

“I’d be happier if I could run a bit faster.”

She is still living in the house she bought when she first moved to Edinburgh and was happy to receive her birthday letter from the Queen.