Pair celebrate 100th birthdays together

Neighbours Margaret Cotton (left) and Dorothy McGhee celebrated their 100th birthdays together...
Neighbours Margaret Cotton (left) and Dorothy McGhee celebrated their 100th birthdays together with their daughters Wendy Lamond (Mrs McGhee’s daughter, far left) and Anne Necaise (far right) and fellow residents of Balmoral Park village. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
They have lived next door to each other for almost 15 years, play mahjong regularly and keep active, but two Dunedin women celebrating their 100th birthdays together swear they do not know the secret to a long life.

Margaret Cotton and Dorothy McGhee have been friends since becoming neighbours at Balmoral Park village in Caversham.

Mrs Cotton celebrated her birthday last Thursday, and Mrs McGhee will celebrate hers on March 26.

The residents of the village hold a monthly event to catch up with the others’ activities, but yesterday’s group lunch at Equinox restaurant at Forbury Park was dedicated to the two ladies.

Mrs Cotton had the blue cod, while Mrs McGhee enjoyed the ribs.

The Otago Daily Times published a story about Mrs Cotton’s birthday earlier this month.

She appeared yesterday to be enjoying marking her big day with friends.

Mrs McGhee said she was born in the Dunedin suburb of Concord and had lived in Dunedin all her life.

She had two children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Like Mrs Cotton she still lived in her own flat and received visits from neighbours and family regularly.

She enjoyed a good game of mahjong with Mrs Cotton.

Still very active, she did "an awful lot of walking", she said.

While Mrs Cotton hoped to travel overseas again in the future, Mrs McGhee said she had led a good, happy life and had no specific plans for the future.

"I just want to continue as I am."


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