Bishop wishes Margaret a happy 100th birthday

Friday October 20th 2017

Bishop Alan Abernethy wishes Mrs Margaret Benson, seated, a happy 100th birthday. Looking on is the Rev Robert Henderson and Margaret’s daughter, also Margaret Benson. (Photo: Jim Braiden).

Derriaghy parishioner Mrs Margaret Benson celebrated her 100th birthday recently and a couple of days later received a visit from the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy.

Bishop Alan was accompanied by the Rev Robert Henderson and Mr Jim Braiden, representing the parish.

They all enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea and birthday cake, prepared by Margaret’s daughter, also named Margaret, while the conversation went on for a good part of the afternoon.

Margaret’s late husband Bob was a cousin of Canon Bill Benson, at one time the longest-lived clergyman in Connor Diocese.

Bob and Margaret were married during World War Two at St Simon’s Parish Church, Belfast, by the Rev CW Maguire, and they became Derriaghy parishioners shortly afterwards.

Before she married, Margaret was employed by Spence Bryson of Belfast.

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