‘Popular and feisty’ Shoreham resident celebrates 100th birthday

Peggy Murray celebrated her birthday at Elmcroft Nursing Home last Wednesday with a tea party.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:38 pm
Peggy Murray celebrated her 100th birthday at Elmcroft in Shoreham

Peggy was born in Surrey on April 14, 1921, and named Muriel Murray but prefers to be known as Peggy.

During the war, Peggy worked at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes as secretary to a colonel.

After the war, Peggy moved to Harrow, Middlesex with her husband Colin Murray where they enjoyed being surrounded by the wildlife and countryside.

Peggy Murray celebrated her 100th birthday at Elmcroft in Shoreham

The couple then retired to Sidmouth, Devon where they became much loved members of their town, becoming staple figures in many societies such as the golf club and the lawn bowls club.

Peggy believes one of the secrets to her longevity is the marching she did every morning during her service in the Second World War.

Peggy celebrated her big day at Elmcroft with a tea party and was overjoyed to receive her card from the queen.

Elmcroft manager, Monica Donald said: “Peggy is a popular and feisty resident and a huge part of Elmcroft - we love having her here.

“She had an amazing day even with restrictions.”