Happy 100th Margaret!

2019 Maragret Brown

Blantyre lady Margaret Brown turned 100-years-old in style at the start of June 2019.

The birthday girl was joined by her family, including five of her nine children, for the milestone celebration.

And as well as receiving a card from Her Majesty The Queen, she was presented with gifts from South Lanarkshire Provost Ian McAllan and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Davy Russell.

Margaret lived as a child in Bairds Rows, Blantyre, with her mum and dad, Kate and John Brogan, and her brothers and sisters, Nan, Joseph, Liz, John and Peter, and attended St Joseph’s Primary.

In 1942, within St Joseph’s Church, she married her husband Jimmy, who was serving in the RAF during WWII.

The couple later moved to Hamilton, where they had nine children: Jim, Kathleen, Terry, Gerard, John, Joseph, Paul, Peter and Karen. The family loved football and had a ready-made team, especially when they joined on camping holidays with Margaret’s brother, Peter, and his wife, Betty, considering they had six children of their own.

In later years, they enjoyed holidays in Morecambe and also in Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex, as well as holidays to Spain with friends and visits to her sister, Nan, in Canada.

Always extremely active, Margaret enjoyed shopping of any kind and would be seen at the shops in Hamilton and East Kilbride right up to the age of 93, when a fall damaged her back and curtailed her activity.

Over the years, her mind has been as active as her body, and she has delighted in a variety of interests including the devouring of murder or mystery novels, visiting the theatre to see her favourite musicals and watching quiz shows – especially her favourite, Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

One hobby in particular proved extremely useful – in her younger years, she loved to crochet and she even used this skill to make a wedding dress for her daughter-in-law, Margaret.

Although pastimes such as shopping and reading have been brought to an end by the passage of time, Margaret’s enthusiasm, energy and love of travel have not, and this remarkable lady is now looking forward to her next adventure in August – her first-ever barge trip.

Most of her family live locally but although some are now in Spain, England and America. Margaret has always maintained a close relationship with them and so was delighted to have her children visit her with their own families and help her celebrate this biggest of big birthdays which took place on May 25.

Courtesy: Hamilton Advertiser

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