Widow of Canadian Soldier Celebrates her 100th Birthday

Peggy Watson, celebrated her 100th birthday with a party organised by her family and staff at Emerson Grange, Hextable – part of the Cinnamon Care Collection.

One of four children, Peggy was born in West Norwood, South London on 20th January 2020. During WW11 her family lived in Upper Norwood, near Crystal Palace and survived being bombed twice. The first time was a near miss when the bomb landed in their street, blowing out all the windows, the second time Peggy narrowly escaped with her life, by hiding in a Morrison Shelter, as the house took a direct hit.Peggy’s career began in London working as a sectary for an insurance firm where she recalls that female staff were required ‘to wear gloves and stockings at all times’! A keen Scottish Highland dancer, it was at a dance during WW11 that Peggy met her husband Jack, a handsome Canadian soldier, who was part of the legendary Dunkirk rescue flotilla. Peggy says of her longevity, “life is lovely, I have good people who care for me, a loving family and I enjoy a glass of gin!”

Paul Hart, General Manager, Emerson Grange comments, “Peggy is an amazing person and continues to live life to the full. She puts her long life down to good genes – her sister Hope also lived to celebrate her 100th birthday. Peggy is very sociable and her family and all the staff at Emerson Grange made every effort to make her feel special on her big day, with a member of our team styling her hair for her big day in our on-site salon and we had a Scottish Piper play at the party.”

Luxury facilities at Emerson Grange include the café-bar, fitness suite, cinema and hair salon.  The care home provides exemplary standards of residential, nursing, dementia and respite care. As well as large individual en-suite rooms, Care Suites are also available which comprise an en-suite bedroom, lounge and kitchenette.  These Care Suites are perfect for couples or individuals who are looking for larger living space.