Birthday celebrations for 104-year-old who survived Spanish Flu and Covid-19

Margaret Butcher celebrating her 104th birthday <i>(Image: Handout)</i>
Margaret Butcher celebrating her 104th birthday (Image: Handout)

A CENTENARIAN who has survived both the Spanish flu and Covid-19 pandemic has celebrated her 104th birthday.

Margaret Butcher enjoyed a tea party with family at Prestwood Coach House ahead of her big birthday on November 28.

Karen Dainty, social activities co-ordinator at the home, said: “She had a fabulous day."

Stourbridge News: Margaret Butcher with her family - daughter Peggy, bottom left, and sons Michael and Patrick (top left and right).
Stourbridge News: Margaret Butcher with her family - daughter Peggy, bottom left, and sons Michael and Patrick (top left and right).

Margaret Butcher with her family - daughter Peggy, bottom left, and sons Michael and Patrick (top left and right). (Image: Handout)

Born in Belfast in 1918, Margaret has survived the 1918 flu epidemic, civil war in Ireland, the deaths of her mother and three-year-old brother from TB by the time she was seven, and even Covid-19.

After losing her mother who was just 28, Margaret’s father brought her to England and she lived in Broad Street, Kingswinford, with her maternal grandfather and his wife.

She left school at 14 and went to work in service at The Wodehouse, Wombourne, where she met her future husband Percy Butcher when he picked her up after she fell off her bike.

Stourbridge News: Margaret Butcher, aged 17, in 1935 in Kingswinford
Stourbridge News: Margaret Butcher, aged 17, in 1935 in Kingswinford

Margaret Butcher, aged 17, in 1935 in Kingswinford (Image: Handout)

During the Second World War she moved to Wales with the family she worked for, while Percy joined the Navy. The couple married in 1942 and she returned to Kingswinford and worked in Austin’s Munitions Factory in Birmingham before having children.

The couple had three children – Patrick, Michael and Peggy – and they later moved to Wall Heath in 1955.

Percy passed away in 2005, aged 89, and in 2015 Margaret moved to Chaddesley Court sheltered accommodation, before moving to Prestwood Coach House in 2019.

Stourbridge News: Margaret Butcher pictured at Prestwood Coach House
Stourbridge News: Margaret Butcher pictured at Prestwood Coach House

Margaret Butcher pictured at Prestwood Coach House (Image: Handout)

Despite her great age - Margaret, who has one grandchild Christopher and a great-granddaughter Isobel, still takes part in the home’s morning exercises, sing-alongs and occasional game of bingo.

Daughter Peggy Paterson said: “She’s very bright and happy which is extra special when you know about her early life which was very sad.

"She’s always just got on with things. She’s very caring about people. She’s absolutely splendid.”