Mobberley home celebrates its three 'extraordinary' centenarians

Peggy, 101, Agnes, 100, and Joan, 102, pose for a ‘Royal’ photo at The Willows Nursing Home in Mobberley

Peggy, 101, Agnes, 100, and Joan, 102, pose for a ‘Royal’ photo at The Willows Nursing Home in Mobberley

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A MOBBERLEY nursing home is delighted to be home to three ‘extraordinary’ residents – who have a combined age of 303 years.

Joan Vollmer, 102, Peggy Bentham, 101, and Agnes Cameron, 100, all recently celebrated their birthdays at The Willows Nursing Home.

All three ladies were born within the reign of King George V and have lived through both World Wars.

Activities Co-ordinator Amanda Drayton said: “I thought it was really special to have three ladies who have lived 303 years between them – I just think, ‘Wow’.

“That’s something so special and as a home we wanted to celebrate and commemorate that.”

Joan was born on October 14 1911, the same year of the launching of ocean liner RMS Titanic in Belfast, the coronation of George V and Queen Mary at Westminster Abbey and suffragettes storm Parliament.

Peggy was born on January 28 1913. In the year she was born, suffragette Emily Davidson ran out in front of the King’s horse Anmer at the Epson Derby, The House of Lords rejected the Third Irish Home Rule Bill for the second time, and 439 miners died in the Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, Britain's worst pit disaster.

Peggy has three sons and one daughter and celebrated her birthday with her family, including her brother Peter, 90. Her daughter Jane, who lives in Knutsford, said she remembers her mum as being family-orientated and that being a mother was ‘very important to her’.

“My grandchildren are very proud of her and tell their friends at school all about her,” added Jane.

Agnes was born on February 15 1914, and in that year, The Times was 1 penny, the Royal Naval Air Service was established and, on August 4, WW1 was declared by the UK. She grew up in Scotland and worked as a dairy maid in her youth.

She has one daughter, a grandson and a brother, and her favourite memory was getting married. Family came from ‘all over’ the country, including Scotland, to come and celebrate her birthday with her.

Amanda added: “All ladies have letters from the Queen and love showing them off to anyone who takes an interest.

“I remember learning about all these historic events and these ladies lived through it – they are living history – they bring history to life.”

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