'Kind-hearted' pensioner celebrates her 100th birthday in style

'Kind-hearted' pensioner celebrates her 100th birthday in style <i>(Image: Colin Mearns, Newsquest)</i>
'Kind-hearted' pensioner celebrates her 100th birthday in style (Image: Colin Mearns, Newsquest)

A Muirhead pensioner with an MBE for her charity work has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Margaret Anderson, or auntie Rita to family and friends, celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday.

The 'kind-hearted' North Lanarkshire woman had a party held in her honour at Springboig Care Centre in Glasgow, which consisted of dancing, presents and games.

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With regards to the monumental day, Margaret said: "I'm excited, but it is just another day.

"I will be spending my 100th year being kind, grateful and happy."

Margaret's family as well as Springboig Care Centre residents and workers were present for the big day celebrations.

Margaret has been a resident at the home for a number of years and is said to have made a 'very positive impact' since arriving.

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Kimberly Victoria Hannah, activities coordinator at Springboig Care Centre, said: "When you talk to her, she always says her day has gotten better.

"She always tries to look after people, and everyone always has a smile when they talk to her.

"She thinks she’s just an old woman, that she's not special, but I always say to her that everyone is special for turning 100."

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Kimberly added that with so many losses of residents during Covid, it feels especially nice for staff to see residents crossing the 100 milestone.

She said: "We were all so excited to throw her this party and to see her smile because she has such a brilliant smile.

"She was very smiley at the party, she was great."

During her 100 years, Margaret has said that she has two outstanding highlights; receiving her MBE for charity work, and helping people and animals throughout her life.

From a young age, Margaret used to bring in a lot of shelter dogs to care for, as well as running a community shop for second-hand clothes later in life.

When she was a young girl, she recalls having a ferret that she would walk around on a leash.

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Kimberly said that Margaret laughs "every time she tells it".

Because of her love for animals, Margaret also had a petting zoo visit earlier in the month as a pre-party celebration, which she and the other residents "loved".

With 100 years now under her belt, Margaret's advice for other people is "be cheerful thoughtout life and you will have a great life".