‘Amazing’ Maisie ... Co Antrim woman celebrates 103rd birthday

A Ballymoney woman has celebrated her 103rd birthday today.

Sunday, 19th September 2021, 3:42 pm
Updated Monday, 20th September 2021, 1:47 am
Maisie Allison at Abbeyfield House, Ballymoney with her carer Jen Ann Blair and Mayor Richard Holmes, ahead of her 103rd birthday today. Pic: Kevin McAuley

Maisie Allison was visited ahead of the big anniversary by the mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council.

Originally from Glasgow, Maisie was born on September 19 1918, two months before the November armistice which ended the Great War.

She was aged in her 20s when the Second World War was declared in early September 1939.

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Maisie now lives at Abbeyfield House in the Co Antrim town, where she is described as a “much-loved resident”.

The mayor, councillor Richard Holmes, said after his visit: “I want to offer my very best wishes to Maisie on this special occasion as she marks her momentous birthday.

“Such a wonderfully entertaining lady, it was fantastic to hear about her life, her time spent in the Army and her enjoyment of horse racing, greyhounds and football.”

Mr Holmes added: “Her energy and spirit are a terrific inspiration to those around her and I’m not surprised the staff at Abbeyfield call her ‘amazing Maisie’.

“It was an honour for me to be a part of her celebrations and I hope she continues to enjoy a healthy and happy life surrounded by her family and friends.”

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