Special gift from rugby legend marks Margaret’s 100th celebrations

Margaret Turner 100th birthday. with friends from the church she attended

Margaret Turner 100th birthday. with friends from the church she attended

A woman who was born days after the start of the First World War has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Margaret Turner turned a century old on Tuesday, when friends and family held a party for her at Earl’s Lodge Care Home, Wakefield.

Special guests at the birthday party included rugby legend Neil Fox, who presented Mrs Turner with a specially-made Wakefield Wildcats shirt.

Mrs Turner, who lived near the club’s Belle Vue stadium all her married life, also proudly received a telegram from the Queen to mark her milestone.

Her Niece Nicola Hunt, 58, said: “She was quite excited, and a little surprised when the postman arrived with the card from Queen. There was a nice message inside and the postman had his picture taken with her.”

It was the second accolade Mrs Turner has received from the Queen after she was honoured for her fundraising work for St Catherine’s Church in 2005.

She was one of 158 pensioners who received specially-minted coins form the Queen at a Maundy Thursday service at Wakefield Cathedral.

Mrs Turner was born on in Wakefield on August 19, 1914, two weeks after Britain declared war on Germany at the start of four years of conflict. She married George Turner in 1936, and the couple had a daughter, Pauline Borrill, now 75, who was at Tuesday’s party.

Mr Turner died in 1992.

Friends from St Catherine’s church were also at Tuesday’s celebration.

Mrs Hunt added: “She has always been a very active lady and used to walk from Belle Vue to Sandal Castle every day when she was still working. She lived on her own until she was 96.”




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