Marjorie’s life of singing and sunshine

Marjorie Turner from Bolton-le-Sands celebrating her 100th birthday.
Marjorie Turner from Bolton-le-Sands celebrating her 100th birthday.

A love of music has been a theme throughout Marjorie Turner’s life.

So it was highly appropriate that four of her great granddaughters performed the classic ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ at her 100th birthday party.

Marjorie was born in Carnforth. Her father Edwin Penswick was killed in France in the First World War in April 1917 before she had even turned one year old.

Educated at the Church School at Carnforth and Lancaster Girls Grammar School, Marjorie gained much of her love of dancing and singing from her mother May, a talented pianist.

She especially loved to dance at The Tower in Morecambe and was a keen member of Morecambe Warblers and Archie Collis’ Wartime Concert Party.

Marjorie worked for the railways, mainly at the District Engineers Office on Castle Park, Lancaster and this was where she met Ted Turner, a widower who had a daughter Margaret. They were married in 1948 and had two sons, Brian and Michael. Ted died in 1979.

Marjorie produced and performed concerts and pantomimes for the Congregational Church and the Womens Institute in Bolton-le-Sands. She was also secretary of the URC Womens Guild for many years and a member of the WRVS which included helping at the village baby clinic and delivering meals on wheels. She celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at an afternoon tea party at Bolton-le- Sands United Reformed Church Hall on July 3.