A hundred reasons for celebration!
Thursday 12th October 2017 14:21 Glossop Chronicle News Posted by Adam Higgins

It was a day that Marjorie Chapman will never forget and at 100 years old she has had quite a lot of them. 

She celebrated her century with a family that runs into five generations.

The youngest guest at last Sunday’s birthday party was just six months old.

The celebrations were held at Windy Harbour Farm Restaurant on Woodhead Road, around a mile from Pendlebury Court Care Home on St Mary’s Road in Glossop, where Marjorie now lives.

Born in Barrow-in-Furness, she moved to Chadderton with her husband in 1939, to be close to Len’s experimental work at AV Roes.

It was a top secret operation with the huge factory fitting Lancaster bombers with equipment to hold the Bouncing Bomb that destroyed German dams.

Inventor Barnes Wallis and Prime Minister Winston Churchill were frequent visitors and regularly talked to Len.

The Chapmans moved to Glossop in 1950 and for 15 years had a handicraft shop on Victoria Street, close to what then was the surgeries of doctors McKeown and Waddell.

As was common in those days, the family lived in the back of the shop.

They were also the steward and stewardess of the Partington Theatre Club on Henry Street.

They took on a similar role at the club in Bournemouth, before moving back to Glossop to spend their retirement in a house on St Mary’s Road.

For Glossop was still in their hearts and the couple, who were married for 60 years, were more than happy to return home.

 

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Birthday girl: Marjorie Chapman surrounded by her family 

 

By David Jones