Mac celebrates landmark date

100th birthday celebration for Ernest McGarragh, pictured with friend Jenny Newhaven and wife Dorothy McGarragh  G121210-1a
100th birthday celebration for Ernest McGarragh, pictured with friend Jenny Newhaven and wife Dorothy McGarragh G121210-1a

CELEBRATIONS were enjoyed at a Gainsborough care home as a local resident marked turning 100 with a special party.

Ernest McGarragh, or ‘Mac’ to his friends, celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday 10th December with a party at Ferndene Care Home in Gainsborough.

100th birthday celebration for Ernest McGarragh  G121210-1c

100th birthday celebration for Ernest McGarragh G121210-1c

Born in Liverpool in 1912 as the youngest of seven children, Ernest has enjoyed a long and eventful life.

“He’s really been looking forward to today,” said Dorothy, his wife of 68 years.

“He was so thrilled to receive his telegram from the Queen and we wanted him to have a very special day.”

After leaving school, Ernest went on to work for the Post Office before joining the civil service to work for HM Customs and Excise in the office at London Docks.

He soon bought a motorbike and toured Britain and Europe with a friend, leaving Germany shortly before the Second World War was declared.

Mac then joined the Royal Air Force where he was trained as an aircraft mechanic before moving to AV Roe in Lincoln where he helped repair Lancaster Bombers.

That is where he met wife Dorothy. They married in April 1944 before they had two children: Robert and Janet.

Mac returned to the civil service at the end of the war before moving to work for the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance and then retired at the age of 60.

The family then spent time in Blackpool and Newcastle where they fulfilled their love of gardening by opening a fruit and grocery business.

Ernest now resides at Ferndene Care Home where is very popular with staff and residents.

“Mac is a lovely man,” said Pauline Moorish who works at Ferndene Care Home. “He’s still very active and alert for a man his age and is so pleasant - he gets on with everyone here.”

“He couldn’t wait until today and has been showing off his telegram from the Queen to everyone.”

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