Lifelong Batley resident, Margaret McLoughlin, celebrated her 100th birthday last week at Lydgate Lodge care home on Soothill Lane, and the home ensured that her birthday was one to remember. Margaret used to manage clubs in the local area with her husband Chris, and she puts her long life down to “the odd half of lager”!
Margaret was joined by her family and other residents as they enjoyed a luxury buffet lunch and homemade cake with music from a local Elvis impersonator, who Margaret had specifically chosen due to her love of the rock’n’roll singer.
Margaret was born in 1916, on the day that David Lloyd George became Prime Minister of the Wartime Coalition Government, and has seen many other historic events, including two world wars. She was born in Batley as the youngest of 19 children, and worked in the local mills until she met her husband, Chris McLoughlin and married him in 1942. Margaret and Chris went on to have five children, and they now have 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild on the way.
Margaret enjoyed dancing at the Dewsbury Empire and Town Hall, and she still enjoys listening to music and the various entertainers who frequent Lydgate Lodge. She believes the secret to a long and happy life is lots of home cooking, baking, an active life and having her family around her. She said, “I am overwhelmed with all the cards and gifts I have received”.
Margaret has lived at Lydgate Lodge for just over a year, and has forged great relationships with staff and other residents. Lisa Harris, Home Manager at Lydgate Lodge, explained “We were all so excited to share this milestone birthday with Margaret and her family and we wanted to make sure the day was perfect for her. Margaret is a real character in the home and she had a great time singing along with Elvis! Everyone joined in with the party and helped celebrate, and she even received a card from the Queen!”
Lydgate Lodge is 64 bed residential and dementia care home in Batley, and is committed to offering residents aspirational lifestyle choices and an active social environment. After such a great time at Margaret’s 100th birthday, the staff and residents are already looking forward to her 101st birthday next year!