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27th Jun, 2022

Kineton care home resident celebrates century milestone

THE MEMORIES of a recently-turned centenarian have been celebrated at Kineton Manor.

The village care home marked the 100th birthday of Margaret Backhouse on January 22.

Margaret was born in Leeds and married George Backhouse in 1947. Sadly, George died in 2014.

The now great-grandma attended the College of Commerce in Leeds, landing her first job in a brewery office.

She then went into the Civil Service and during the war years she worked in London.

A keen musician, Margaret opened a nursery, in 1959, where she played the piano and led the singing with the children.

During retirement, she and George moved to Kenilworth in 2009. Margaret moved to Kineton Manor following a stroke at the start of the pandemic.

Kineton Manor’s staff hosted a birthday celebration attended by the resident’s close family including her son Ian, and daughter Valerie.

A spokesperson from Kineton Manor said: “All of Margaret’s family and staff are proud of her long life and resilience in the face of adversity, especially in the latter years.

“Margaret was also a marvellous cook and skilled in knitting and crocheting. With some assistance, she still attempts to knit in the nursing home.

“What a privilege it is, to care for such a marvellous woman, and to be supported by such a loving family.”

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