Mayor returns birthday compliments for 100th

2012 - Margaret Adamson celebrates her 100th birthday with the Mayor of Darlington Coun Lee Vasey (S)
2012 - Margaret Adamson celebrates her 100th birthday with the Mayor of Darlington Coun Lee Vasey (S)
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Seventy-seven years ago the Mayoress of Darlington, Miss Margaret Waters accompanied her father, the mayor as he called on a resident of the town as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Last week the current Mayor of Darlington returned the compliment by visiting her predecessor, now Mrs Adamson, as she marked her own centenary at Coach House Nursing Home in Sharow.

Margaret Adamson, then Williams, calls on Mrs Mary Wake's 100th birthday party during her year as Mayoress of Darlington with her father the Mayor in 1935. (S)

Margaret Adamson, then Williams, calls on Mrs Mary Wake's 100th birthday party during her year as Mayoress of Darlington with her father the Mayor in 1935. (S)

Mrs Adamson was born on May 12, 1912 and at the age of 23 she served as Mayoress of Darlington alongside her widowed father Coun J Waters, the Mayor.

Miss Waters, as she was then, carried out the duties of a Mayoress including visiting a local centenarian Mrs Mary Wake on her 100th birthday.

Her Mayoral year also coincided with the launching of the London North Euston Railway’s London- Newcastle streamlined train, the Silver Jubilee, named in the honour of King George and Queen Mary. The train covered the 275 miles from London to Newcastle in just four hours.

As Mayoress Miss Waters travelled on the famous train and also waved the green flag to start its journey from Darlington.

She is now the sole survivor of that historic day.

Two years later in 1937 Miss Waters married Dr Richard Adamson and moved to Leyburn.

Her husband worked as a GP in Wensleydale before his death in 1997.

Mrs Adamson was for many years the piano accompaniment for competitions at the Wensleydale Musical Tournament, she was also a regular attendee at Leyburn Methodist Church.

Included in her large circle of friends was the vet, Donald Sinclair, the inspiration for Siegfried Farnon, memorably portrayed in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small by Robert Hardy.

Mrs Adamson celebrated her birthday with her three daughters, Christine, Elizabeth and Catherine, along with their husbands, her grandchildren and two of her four great-grandchildren.

She welcomed special guests which included the Mayor of Ripon Coun Andrew Williams and the Deputy Mayor Coun Pauline McHardy.

She also had a special welcome for the Mayor of her home town Darlington, Lee Vasey.

Staff at the Coach House decorated the conservatory and put on a display of Mrs Adamson’s cards for the occassion.