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‘I’m proud to be a biker’ says Peggy, 101, as dozens of gleaming machines descend on her doorstep in birthday surprise

PUBLISHED: 19:16 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 16 April 2018

Peggy Sanger was presented with flowers and gifts by the bikers that travelled to see the 101 year-old in Lowestoft. Picture: Ian Burt

Peggy Sanger was presented with flowers and gifts by the bikers that travelled to see the 101 year-old in Lowestoft. Picture: Ian Burt

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As a young child she used to bob about on the back of her father’s motorbike while he painted postboxes in the Yorkshire Dales.

Dozens of bikers rolled through the streets of Lowestoft to see 101 year-old Peggy Sanger. Picture: Ian BurtDozens of bikers rolled through the streets of Lowestoft to see 101 year-old Peggy Sanger. Picture: Ian Burt

Peggy Sanger was just four when she tasted the thrill of two-wheeled travel and has been an avid bike enthusiast ever since.

So when Mick Smith heard about a 101-year-old lady whose head was turned by the thrum of a passing engine he knew just how to make her day.

As a late birthday present the 53-year-old from Newmarket rallied members on the East Anglian Biker Facebook page inviting them to share their love for bikes with one of their own.

And today (Sunday April 15) weeks of planning came together when some 40 gleaming machines made their way from all over the region to Cherry Lodge in Lyndhurst Road, Lowestoft.

Peggy Sanger watches the bikes arrive with Cherry Lodge deputy manager Sara Barber. Picture: Ian BurtPeggy Sanger watches the bikes arrive with Cherry Lodge deputy manager Sara Barber. Picture: Ian Burt

Mrs Sanger, who thought she was going to see just one bike, was stunned by the gesture declaring she was “over the moon.”

As well as mingling with the bikers, many of whom introduced themselves and chatted, she was presented with bunches of flowers, her favourite mints, and a special biker’s club badge.

She said: “I never expected anything like this.

“It is the throb of the engines I like, and Harleys have a special sound. I have been mad on bikes all my life.

Dozens of bikers rolled through the streets of Lowestoft to see 101 year-old Peggy Sanger. Picture: Ian BurtDozens of bikers rolled through the streets of Lowestoft to see 101 year-old Peggy Sanger. Picture: Ian Burt

“I first rode pillion when I was four years old, my dad used to have to run with it to start it.

“I am very proud to be a biker.”

Mr Smith had heard about Mrs Sanger’s love of bikes from care home assistant manager Sara Barber.

She said Mrs Sanger particularly loved the big powerful bikes and as a popular resident and “a fantastic lady” she wanted to arrange something special.

Peggy Sanger taking to biker Mick Smith outside Cherry Lodge in Lowestoft. Picture: Ian BurtPeggy Sanger taking to biker Mick Smith outside Cherry Lodge in Lowestoft. Picture: Ian Burt

She said the whole thing had gone “incredibly well.”

“I could not have asked for anything better,” she said. “I am so grateful to everyone. It is unbelievable that all these people have come so far out of their way for someone they don’t even know.”

Mr Smith added: “We look after our own, so if there is something we can do we will.

“This has made this lady’s day. She is a sweetheart and she is held in high esteem by the staff here. That is why we wanted to do something for her.”

Peggy Sanger watches the bikes arrive with Cherry Lodge deputy manager Sara Barber. Picture: Ian BurtPeggy Sanger watches the bikes arrive with Cherry Lodge deputy manager Sara Barber. Picture: Ian Burt

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