Fri, 15 Jan 2016
A WOMAN from Cold Ash celebrated her 100th birthday Champagne-style just before the New Year.
When Peggy Park was born on December 28, 1915, the one millionth Ford car had rolled off the assembly line and Frank Sinatra was 16 days old.
Mrs Park’s long life began in Valletta, Malta, where her father was working as a quantity surveyor for the Admiralty.
With the First World War raging, Mr Park was involved in building the dockyards at the historic port.
Mrs Park worked as a secretary in London during the Second World War, before being evacuated to Box, near Bath, during the Blitz.
Her father moved to the Air Ministry and was involved in building airfields in Berkshire and Wiltshire.
Mrs Park said she thought this was why she visited Newbury during the war and was invited to the dances at RAF Greenham Common air base.
Mrs Park and her late husband Frank, moved from South London to Cold Ash in 1980, in order to be nearer to their grandchildren.
They lived first at Slanting Hill and in 1990 moved to Annadale.
She has been involved with the Cold Ash Women’s Institute for many years, serving as president for one term and only recently retired after serving as secretary for 16 years.
To celebrate Mrs Park’s birthday, her son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Jane Park, helped her to organise a Champagne tea party at her home for her many friends and relatives who live locally.
In pride of place was the card from the Queen, sent to people celebrating their centenary.
Mrs Park has five great-grandchildren, two of whom were able to be present for her birthday.
A special moment in her day was a FaceTime video call to speak to her other great-grandchildren who live near Northampton.
Of her secret to reaching the 100-year milestone, Mrs Park said: “Until recently I have walked every day, usually in Fence Wood with my dogs and always going out regardless of the weather.
“Walking and gardening have always been my delights.”