Bilborough resident and Nottingham council tenant for 59 years, Peggy Smith, turned 100 last week - and she says there’s no real secret to a long life, just eating well and keeping active.
The fun, fit and healthy centenarian, organised her own birthday party over the weekend, with dozens of friends and neighbours joining her to celebrate. Surrounded by 100th birthday cards - including that special one from the Queen - Peggy spent her party entertaining her guests at St John’s Community Hall on Graylands Road in Bilborough.
Originally from London, Peggy came up to Nottingham with her husband Edward nearly six decades ago. The couple lived together in the same home Peggy still lives in now. She has done a range of jobs, from working in the local factories when she first came to Nottingham, to following on in her parents’ footsteps who owned a shop when she was growing up, taking on roles in retail.
She said: “I’ve done all sorts of jobs and enjoyed most of them. I’ve always liked living here, I’ve got a couple of really nice neighbours who are always supporting me and look out for me if there’s anything wrong. I’m very independent and like to do as much as I can for myself.”
Peggy has never let her age stop her, spending a lot of her spare time baking and spending time with friends. A regular table tennis player, Peggy keeps herself active and prides herself on her flexibility: “I can still touch my toes!” she adds.
“At my age it’s no surprise that I’ve had some illnesses, and after a stroke a few years ago, I was looking for something to help me get my movement and coordination back. I started playing table tennis and the young man helping me there has been brilliant, I’ve made some good friends too. The main thing is, I enjoy myself and it keeps me active.
And what’s her secret? Peggy concludes: “There’s no secret to living to 100 really, it’s just making sure you eat well and keep fit.”