A Knebworth care home resident has recently celebrated her 102nd birthday surrounded by friends and family. 

Marjorie Broadhurst revealed the secrets to a living a long and happy life, which included “seeing my family grow” and “keeping busy when I was younger”.

The Care UK’s Knebworth resident, marked her 102nd birthday on Saturday, February 11.

The Comet: Marjorie said watching her family grow is the secret to a long and happy lifeMarjorie said watching her family grow is the secret to a long and happy life (Image: Care UK Knebworth)

To celebrate, the chefs at the London Road home baked a special fruit cake – Marjorie’s favourite.

Continuing the birthday fun, Marjorie spent a day with her sons and grandchildren for a second celebration with her family.

Commenting on her milestone birthday, Marjorie said: “I had a nice day celebrating my birthday – I especially enjoyed my birthday cake!”

Marjorie was born in Cheshire, where she stayed before moving into Knebworth in 2019, at the impressive age of 99.

In 1945, Marjorie married her husband, Ronald, and they went on to have two sons together. Marjorie has watched her five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren grow up, which she credits as being the key to her happy life.

In her younger days, Marjorie had a number of jobs, including working at a florist called Dingles.

The florist provided many flowers, chocolates and decorations for weddings, working alongside Fortnum and Mason to deliver products by telegram.

Having never visited the luxury department store before, when the war ended her husband took her to visit so she could experience it for herself – and she wasn’t disappointed.

Vera Moreira-Henocq, home manager at Knebworth, added: “We had a lovely day celebrating Marjorie’s birthday. It was wonderful to listen to her share her memories and her secrets to a long life – we all know how important Marjorie’s family is to her and it was wonderful to see her so happy.

“We work hard to support residents to lead fulfilling lives here at Knebworth, and celebrating special occasions and birthdays plays a huge part in this. We love any excuse to celebrate the amazing people living here and Marjorie’s birthday was no exception.

“Marjorie is a much-loved resident at the home and we are privileged to have her as part of our Knebworth family.”

For more general information about Care UK Knebworth, go to careuk.com/knebworth