Burnham-On-Sea’s oldest resident has celebrated her 111th birthday this week and revealed her secret to a long life.

Margaret Sara Reed celebrated with family and friends at Priory Court care home in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (April 20th).

Sara – as she is known to friends – was born in Northern Ireland and moved to Priory Court around six years ago where she is a popular, active resident.

She celebrated her birthday with a slice of special birthday cake on Tuesday, after opening her card from The Queen.

Care Manager Liji Koshy Joshua told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “She is such an amazing, happy person. We are really blessed to have her with us at Priory Court where she is much loved.”

As for her secret to longevity, she adds: “Sara says it’s keeping active – she gets up early, likes to pick flowers in the garden, no drinking alcohol, and she enjoys activities such as cooking. She also has a strong Christian faith.”

She was one of the oldest people to receive her first Coivid-19 vaccination in December 2020.

Staff at the Burnham care home threw a tea party to mark her remarkable milestone birthday.

Born on 20th April 1910 in Ireland, she was one of nine children. During World War II she was part of the royal air force at Farnborough, where she served in a secret establishment.

After she married, she moved to Cornwall and had one child named David. She and her husband had a farm and she used to grow primroses to box up and send to London on the train for the Flower Markets. She has lived at Priory Court since 2015.

Sara served in the WRAF and worked in administration at a manufacturing company before she retired.

She is listed as the seventh oldest person in Britain and the oldest Irish person residing in the United Kingdom.


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