young! Burnham pensioner celebrates a very special birthday
'inspirational' Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has celebrated her 100th
birthday with her family and visiting local dignitaries.
Bessant received her traditional card from The Queen and a telegram
congratulating her on the milestone.
she was unable to celebrate her birthday on her big day last Tuesday
because of a hip operation, the spritely pensioner still celebrated
her milestone in style with friends, family and several special
visitors at the weekend.
was congratulated by Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey, town crier
Alistair Murray and Deputy Mayor Cllr Andy Brewer alongside friends
centenarian celebrated with a glass of Babycham and a slice of her
special celebration cake.
has lived in Burnham-On-Sea for 23 years and said: "I love
Burnham, it's such a friendly place. I have lots of friends here,
including many at the U3A where I've been a member for many years."
what her secret to old age is, she told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
love to make people happy and put a smile on people's faces! Life's
too short to be complaining or negative."
added: "I have a terrific imagination and love to write poems,
and I hope my collection of poems will be published next year -
I have piles of them."
was born in Fontwell Magna, Dorset in 1917. She was one of five
children and her father was a cheesemaker at a nearby dairy.
left school at 16 and wanted to be a nurse but couldn't do it until
she was 18 so took on a role helping to take care of two children
in the home of a semi-retired admiral.
experience served her well during the Second World War when she
worked at a children's hospital in Sherbourne. She married and had
Andy Brewer said: "She's so inspirational, a really lovely
person who certainly does not look or sound like someone who is
100 years old!"
Peggy Bessant with Burnham-On-Sea's town crier Alistair Murray,
Deputy Mayor Cllr Andy Brewer and MP James Heappey as she celebrated
her 100th birthday at the weekend and her grand-daughter Seren Thomas