Mayor of Maghull and Consort wish Maghull centenarian a happy bi

Sandra Williams and Rita KNight with Bill Turpin and Peggy Turpin

Mayor of Maghull Cllr Sandra Williams was invited to the 100th birthday of the latest Maghull centenarian this week.

Bill Turpin hit a century on Friday and a special celebration was held to celebrate his birthday at the Go Lightly Luncheon Club.

Sitting alongside him was wife Peggy who is herself 99-years-old.

The couple will be celebrating their 79th wedding anniversary next month. They already hold the record for longest marriage in Britain.

Cllr Sandra Williams, who was accompanied by consort Cllr Rita Knight, said it was a delight to be able to join Bill on his big day.

Cllr Williams said: "Bill is a lovely man and he has some fantastic stories to tell.

"It's been a real pleasure for Cllr Knight and myself to spend time with Bill and Peggy and the rest of the family on such a special day.

"I'd like to thank Rita Addison and the rest of the organisers from the Go Lightly Luncheon Club for arranging the special birthday celebration for Bill and for presenting him with a fabulous birthday cake.

"As Mayor of Maghull I made sure that I passed on not just my best wishes to Bill, but the best wishes of the whole of Maghull."

Surrounded by members of his family, Bill recalled his early life as a merchant seaman during the Second World War and how he met Peggy.

Bill said: "Peggy and I were both 20 when we got married. We first met when I was on night work and as I turned the corner on my way home one morning I saw this person standing there. I walked over to her and asked her if she would like to go for a hot drink and that was that.

"When the Second World War broke out I was 28. I signed up to the Merchant Navy where I worked on a range of different ships throughout his service.

"We moved to Maghull in the 1960s from central Liverpool. It is a lovely place to live and bring up a family and we have been really happy here.

"Today's party has been a big surprise for me and Peggy and I thank everyone who has been involved organising it."

Asked what the secret to a happy marriage, Peggy said: "It's to have two televisions of course."

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