Party held for Madge as she celebrates her 100th birthday

100-year-old  Marjorie Carmichael, resdient at the Cedars care home, Bourne with mayor Philip Knowles, dsughter Sue Turner and granddaughter Michelle O'Gorman EMN-160330-161040009

100-year-old Marjorie Carmichael, resdient at the Cedars care home, Bourne with mayor Philip Knowles, dsughter Sue Turner and granddaughter Michelle O'Gorman EMN-160330-161040009

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Marjorie, known as Madge, was born in Sheffield on March 30, 1916 - three months before the start of the Battle of the Somme. Madge left school at 14. Her father died whilst Madge was still young and she helped bring up her brother Roy. She worked as a seamstress and, after she met her first husband Reg Mellor, she started work in an office in a Sheffield steelworks. They had one daughter, Sue.

Reg, who served throughout the Second World War, died in 1945, and a few years later Madge married Reg’s best friend, Alastair Carmichael.

After the war, Madge had a variety of jobs including at Butlin’s holiday camps and working as a carer. After retirement, she did a lot of voluntary work, including working as a guide at Grimsthorpe Castle.

Madge and Alastair loved travelling. Alastair sadly died in 2010, after more than 60 years of marriage, and Madge lived independently in Bourne until 2014. She now lives at The Cedars, in Church Walk. Her secret to a long life is ‘keep smiling!’ Her birthday, on Wednesday, was celebrated by daughter Sue, grandchildren Michelle and Andrew, and friends from Bourne and across the country and beyond.