Welwyn Garden City woman holds teddy bears’ picnic on her 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 14:22 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 13 June 2018

Margaret 'Peggy' Thomas celebrated her 100th birthday. Picture: Ashleigh Thomas

Margaret 'Peggy' Thomas celebrated her 100th birthday. Picture: Ashleigh Thomas

Ashleigh Thomas

A teddy-bear-loving woman from Welwyn Garden City celebrated her centenary last week.

Margaret 'Peggy' Thomas celebrated her 100th birthday. Picture: Ashleigh ThomasMargaret 'Peggy' Thomas celebrated her 100th birthday. Picture: Ashleigh Thomas

On Thursday, June 7, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Thomas received her birthday card from the Queen.

Born in Darlington in County Durham in 1918, she moved away due to the war.

In 1975, she moved to Welwyn Garden City with her husband Ray.

She regards the Garden City she has lived in for 43 years as “beautiful”.

The message in the card that Peggy got from the Queen. Picture: Ashleigh LloydThe message in the card that Peggy got from the Queen. Picture: Ashleigh Lloyd

Sadly Ray passed away in 2014, but her stepson Paul was there to wish her a happy hundredth birthday at the party, which was held at Peggy’s home.

Ashleigh Lloyd, Peggy’s domiciliary carer with Bluebird Care in Hatfield, said: “Peggy’s got the best sense of humour and she’s the most selfless, kind, matured lady I have ever met.”

The carers decorated her home with balloons, surrounded her with bears, and baked Peggy a special cake topped with its own tiny teddy bears’ picnic.

Peggy received a special teddy bear birthday cake. Picture: Ashleigh LloydPeggy received a special teddy bear birthday cake. Picture: Ashleigh Lloyd

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