Key to longevity is ‘being tough’, claims Marjorie

Marjorie celebrated her 100th birthday on July 7 2014. SUS-141007-164151001
Marjorie celebrated her 100th birthday on July 7 2014. SUS-141007-164151001

Talented seamstress Marjorie Toop celebrated her 100th birthday with her closest friends and family last week.

Marjorie, as she prefers to be called, was born Daisy Theobald in Tunbridge Wells on July 7, 1914 and quickly adopted a skill for sewing and knitting. Her beautiful creations were soon spotted and she earned a seamstress apprenticeship at a very prestigious baby’s boutique in Tunbridge Wells.

Marjorie was a particularly hard worker during those early years and would often finish up helping the family business in the basement pretty late at night.

Sewing and knitting was just one of Marjorie’s many hobbies. She also loved dancing and often went out with her husband, Charles, to the Pantiles. She attended a riding school and took to riding Charles’ horse, Handsome Lad, and the black Irish mare, Kiwi.

Her talents didn’t end there. She also spent many happy times with some wonderful friends pheasant shooting, bowling and fishing. On one of their fishing trips, she caught a 27-and-a-half pound tope – the only fish caught on that particular day.

Marjorie currently lives in Rosebery House Residential Home and celebrated her milestone birthday with staff at the home and her family.

She was so pleased with all of her lovely cards and gifts, and especially her telegram from Her Majesty the Queen.

When asked what her secret was to longevity, she replied, “I’m tough!”

Rosebery House Residential Home, situated on Rosebery Avenue, is a care home that specialises in dementia care for the elderly.

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