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Margaret is leading lady

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: October 24, 2010

WHAT A WOMAN: Margaret Fish with her daughter Barbara

WHAT A WOMAN: Margaret Fish with her daughter Barbara

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Margaret Fish, at 111, has become the oldest known female in the country following the death of Elsie Steele on Monday.

Mrs Fish, who lives at Danecroft residential home in Wilstead, has lived through three centuries.

When asked how she feels about becoming Britain’s oldest woman, Mrs Fish said: “There’s not a scrap of difference. It just happened.”   And she said the secret to such a long life is: “Go steady.” Mrs Fish, who is now a supercentenarian, has two daughters - Barbara, 73, and Elsie, 71. She was born in Tower Hamlet, London, in 1899, the same year that the paperclip was invented and Coca-Cola was first bottled in America.

The average weekly wage was £4.62 and the population of Britain was 29 million.

Mrs Fish, who worked as a dress-maker, met Frank who was in the army during the First World War and they married in 1928.

They moved up to Bedfordshire during the Second World War bombings and after her husband died, Mrs Fish lived independently at her home in Cople till she was 104.

Daughter Barbara said: “The amazing thing is she doesn’t take any pills.”

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  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  November 23 2010, 1:01PM

    i would love to come to the danecroft home and if possibile come and vist mrs margret fish i hope this will be possibile thank you

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  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  November 06 2010, 2:53PM

    I WOULD LIKE TO COME TO MRS FISH.S HOME TO COME AND VIST HER IF THIS IS POSSIBILE THANK YOU

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