Clevedon woman celebrates her 100th birthday without family or friends because of coronavirus

A woman from Clevedon has had to celebrate her 100th birthday without friends or family because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Marjorie Prescott was born in Liverpool on April Fool's Day 1920 and moved to the North Somerset town with her husband a few years after the Second World War. She had three children and was still volunteering in a charity shop at the age of 96.

Marjorie enjoying her birthday celebrations with staff and residents at her care home in Clevedon. Credit: Family

Marjorie is now being cared for at the Arrigadeen Nursing Home in Clevedon but her family are unable to visit at the moment because of safety fears during the Covid-19 outbreak.

She enjoyed opening her card from the Queen and staff have done their best to make her birthday special. The former shoe shop worker watches ITV News West Country every day and her granddaughter hopes that a mention on today's programme, 1 April 2020, will make her day.

Due to the current circumstances we are unable to see my Nana and celebrate this amazing milestone.

Laura Berkley, Marjorie's granddaughter
Marjorie did her part during World War II. Credit: Family

We asked Laura about her grandmother's life, this is her account:

"Marjorie was born 1st April 1920 in Liverpool. She moved to Clevedon in 1948 where her husband Roy and herself brought up three children. She now has six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five great grandchildren

"Never afraid of hard work, she worked in Thomas Ford Shoe Shop in Clevedon until they closed in the early naughties and then volunteered in St Peter’s Hospice charity shop until she was 96.

She has been a member of Clevedon Light Opera Club for nearly 60 years and was still the wardrobe mistress until three years ago, holding this position for over 40 years."

Marjorie enjoying a drink at a family hen party just two years ago. Credit: Family