Celebrating the birthday of a centenarian

Posted in News on 24th July 2012

02 May 2012

Audley Willicombe Park helped Margaret Hunt celebrate her 100th birthday on 2 May.

Willicombe Park Retirement Village in Tunbridge Wells held a celebratory afternoon tea to mark the occasion in the restaurant with scores of family and friends in attendance. Margaret moved to Audley Willicombe Park in September 2008 and, since then, she has been a regular visitor to the restaurant and is quite the social butterfly, frequently holding parties for the close friends she has made at Audley Willicombe.

Margaret received many cards including one from HM The Queen and Conservative MP for Canterbury and Minister for Transport, Julian Brazier while Nick Sanderson, CEO Audley Retirement presented Margaret with a beautiful bouquet to mark this wonderful occasion. Audley Willicombe Park pastry chef, Marion Hue, baked the special celebration cake.

Margaret enjoyed reflecting on her eventful 100 years. She joined the army in 1942 and during the Second World War was a captain of the guns, serving at Antwerp where she celebrated VE day. Following the Second World War, Margaret chose to continue serving her country and was posted to Germany, where she was lucky enough to be in General Montgomery’s mess. After service, Margaret went on to be a secretary and was happily married in 1953 to a childhood sweetheart.

Having lived through ten decades Margaret has an exceptional memory of British history and royal milestones and has particularly fond memories of the Queen’s Coronation where her and her husband occupied seats in Park Lane. She even remembers that they endured typical British weather all those years ago, with the day being cold and wet.

Nick Sanderson, CEO Audley Retirement, said: "It has been a pleasure for all of us here at Willicombe Park to help Margaret celebrate this momentous occasion and share in this extraordinary day."