Rugby birthday girl is 100 years old

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Rugby woman Marjorie Timms celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on Monday.

Staff at Dewar Close care home in Bilton held a party for the centenarian.

Mrs Timms, who was born and grew up in Gaydon, spent the afternoon receiving guests, cards, gifts and flowers – including a telegram from the Queen.

She has put the secret to her longevity down to her happy lifestyle.

“I think the secret to a longer life is happiness,” she said.

“People ought to do their best to make sure they’re happy in the life that they lead and remember that it’s no good being miserable.”

Mrs Timms married her late husband William in 1936 and has two children, Gordon and Derrick and two grandchildren.

Before she was married she used to do domestic work in households around Gaydon and became an expert knitter and sewer, making gifts and toys for her family.

Although she no longer knits, she is looking forward to spending more time in Dewar Close’s gardens and grounds now that the weather is improving.

Miss Timms added: “To celebrate my birthday I had lots of lovely cards, gifts and presents and also saw my family and friends.

“I had a lovely day and would like to thank everyone who helped make it special.”

She has lived at Dewar Close care home, which is ran by charity WCS Care, since May 2013 but prior to that lived in Gaydon and Leamington Spa.