105-year-old grandmother celebrates birthday in 1920s style

PUBLISHED: 08:51 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 19 October 2018

Croft House Care Home staff celebrated Margaret Jones' 105th birthday on Friday. ARCHANT

Croft House Care Home staff celebrated Margaret Jones' 105th birthday on Friday. ARCHANT


A grandmother and former Women’s Institute member celebrated her 105th birthday in style at a Dunmow care home.

Members of staff at Croft House Care Home wore pink and purple feather boas and headdresses favoured by flappers in the 1920s to serenade Margaret Jones.

Margaret’s daughter, Dilyas Haindl, said Margaret, who was born a year before the First World War began “grew up tough”.

“She was just a hard working mum. She always had a house full of people and belonged to every club in the village. She used to love music and dancing,” she said. Margaret was a Women’s Institute and bowls club member and was also a shop worker.

She met her husband Tim, a keen sportsman, at a cricket match. They had two daughters, Dilyas and Marilyn, and the family lived in Barkingside.

Care home manager, Noreen Chapman said staff felt Margaret “would appreciate” the 1920s theme.

“She has a good sense of humour,” Noreen added.


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