Celebration church meal for Peggy, 90

Peggy Dale at her 90th birthday lunch with Mayor of Buckingham Ruth Newell
Peggy Dale at her 90th birthday lunch with Mayor of Buckingham Ruth Newell

Mayor of Buckingham Ruth Newell was delighted to be invited to a birthday lunch in honour of Buckingham stalwart Peggy Dale MBE, who turned 90 on March 13.

The special celebration was held in St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Sunday, March 17.

Members of the congregation brought hot food for a bring-and-share lunch.

Councillor Newell said: “It was lovely to see Peggy in church again for the first time since she broke her hip some months back.”

Mrs Dale was given many cards and presents , and a birthday cake.

Mrs Dale told the Advertiser: “It was wonderful. So many people were there, I should think going on for 100. Everybody brought food in. They were so wonderful to me.

“They gave me lovely bouquets of flowers and presents.

“When I came home I burst into tears, people were so very kind.”

Peggy Dale served as an officer in the RAF during the Second World War, achieveing the rank of Squadron Leader, and moved to Buckingham from London in 1974.

Since then, she has had a long history of serving the local community in a variety of organisations.

She became a Buckingham town councillor in 1978. In 1986, she became the fourth female mayor of Buckingham, and also a district councillor.

She stood down as president of the Royal British Legion Buckingham branch last year, having fulfilled that role from 1998 when the branch was reconstituted.

Amongst other organisations, she was president of 1563 Squadron, Air Training Corps and chairman of Age Concern, Buckingham.

Former chairman of RBL Buckingham, Colin Armstrong, said: “Peggy has served this community with diligence and dedication in many roles.”

Mrs Dale remains on many committees.

She told the Advertiser: “The secret of getting older is to keep your mind going.”

She was in the Royal Air Force for 35 years.

She said: “I was in the occupation of Germany. I had to visit all the concentration camps. I recruited and trained all the German policewomen.”

In 1964, she received an MBE for her long RAF service.

She said: “I was very lucky to get that from the Queen.

“It was wonderful. I was in uniform and the Queen pinned it on.”