A stalwart of Goostrey Rose Day received birthday cards from two queens on her 100th birthday.

Margaret Barber, who now lives at the Mount Pleasant Nursing Home in Allostock, received the customary greetings from her Majesty the Queen and a specially designed card from the Goostrey Rose Queen Elect Cate Clayton.

Margaret, who was 100 on Saturday 15 May, has been a patron of Goostrey Rose Day for many years  and before that she was a great supporter of the event, which takes place every year on the last Saturday in June. She was Rose Day President in 1961.

Margaret was brought up on the family farm at Rostherne and only arrived at Dromedary Lodge Farm in Goostrey when she married John Simpson in the mid-1940s. Later after John’s death she married John Barber.

In the past the farm was used to host the Rose Queen crowning ceremony and for many years the floats used in the procession through the village were decorated in the barns in the run up to Rose Day.

Christina Burgess, Chair of  Goostrey Rose Day, said: “Margaret has been a loyal supporter of Rose Day for decades and so we couldn’t let her 100th birthday pass without sending her our best wishes on reaching such a marvellous milestone.

‘Cate, the Rose Queen elect who will be crowned on Saturday 26 June, designed and produced the beautiful card which was sent from the Rose Day committee.’


Margaret Barber enjoying her 100th Birthday




Yours Truly,

Charlotte Fellows

Researcher and Writer



Sarah McNaught

Managing Director


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