Regal response to Horam Peg’s poem


A 99-year-old Horam resident has received the greetings card of a lifetime.

Peg Hodgson, who will be 100 in January, lives at Oaklands Court Nursing Home near Horam.

Staff at the home organised a poetry competition called The Royal Family to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. They said Peg’s entry was so good, they thought they’d send it to Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace.

To Peg’s surprise, she received a reply in the form of a letter, fully illustrated with a wonderful selection of portrait photographs and words of thanks, signed by the Queen.

Staff at Oaklands Court said they did not expect a response and Peg was ‘delighted and thrilled.’

Peg was born in Winchester in Hampshire but moved to Heathfield when she was a child and is a long-term resident in the area.

Now the letter has pride of place on her windowsill.