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101-year-old celebrates birthday with sherry and a dram

Special birthday for Bield tenant.

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A Linlithgow woman has celebrated her 101st birthday – attributing her longevity to a keen mind, a healthy appetite, and a wee dram.

Travel enthusiast Anne Cummings, a tenant at Bield’s West Port development, is an avowed foodie and isn’t afraid to tuck in.

When asked her secret to long life, Anne said:

“My secret is taking an interest in everything around me. I also like to joke to keep my spirits up.

“I’m not a fussy eater either – it’s good to have a bit of an appetite to keep you going, and I’m not averse to the odd sherry or dram to wash it down!”

Growing up in Grangemouth, where she worked in a local drapers shop, Anne has always been eager to see the world, travelling from country to country, filling her life with laughter and fun.

In the ‘80s, she travelled around Europe visiting the Fjords, Germany, Holland and London. She has also travelled to Chicago, where she visited her children and sister, Elizabeth.

In 1966, Anne went on to work for Bonsoir, a luxury nightwear company where she made pyjamas.

Her knack for crafting beautiful things has stayed with her and she frequently knits dolls and hats for premature babies.

She loves to reminisce and tell stories about her past experiences, to remind herself of the full and exciting life she has lived.

Christine Donnelly, Resource Manager at Bield West Port, said:

“We are all so pleased to be involved in Anne’s special day.

“She is such a joy to be around, and we all hope she has a lovely birthday.”

Anne will spend her birthday enjoying a birthday tea hosted by her son Norman, and she celebrated her special day with family and friends.