Wednesday 20 November 2019

Margaret (105) shares her secrets to a long life

Margaret Atcheson celebrates her 105th birthday
Margaret Atcheson celebrates her 105th birthday

Cate McCurry

A Co Antrim great-grandmother who has just celebrated her 105th birthday has credited hard work and the occasional sherry for her longevity.

Jordanstown Care Home resident Margaret Atcheson was surrounded by her family and friends - and dog Jax - to mark the special occasion.

The mother-of-six, who has four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, reflected on some of her best memories, including her move from England to Belfast after she met her husband, who worked at Liverpool's shipyard.

Mrs Atcheson was 25 when she married in a registry office in Berkeley before moving to Northern Ireland in 1938.

Her son Michael said the couple lived on the Limestone Road and Mackey Street before settling on Glasgow Street.

During the Second World War, the Atcheson family had to move from north Belfast to Islandmagee with their two eldest daughters.

Michael added: "They were evacuated because they lived close to the shipyard. They were very happy there.

"Once a week one of the residents took them over to Larne, which they always enjoyed."

Speaking about her secret to a long life, the 105-year-old said: "It's down to hard work and a glass of sherry or brandy at the weekend."

Belfast Telegraph

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