Cathy enjoys her 23rd birthday after 92 years
Leap year celebrations
A Castlemilk woman celebrated her 23rd birthday earlier this week - despite being 92 years old.
Cathy Bowman was born on February 29, 1924.
Since then, she’s been able to mark her birthday on the exact date less than two dozen times.
She was joined by another ‘ leapling’, 72 year old Christine Crome, who was marking her “18th birthday.”
Cathy has been a residents at Hanover Scotland Housing Association’s King’s Park Mews development since 1998. Christine lives in a Hanover development in Paisley.
The association brought the pair together to present them with a special birthday cake.
There were also young people from Glasgow aged 18 and 23 as well as friends and family to help them celebrate.
Janice McDonald, enhanced housing manager from Hanover Scotland said: “To have two residents both in the Glasgow area who were born on February 29 is remarkable when you consider how few people share that birthday and we felt it was important to do something special to mark the occasion.
“We also thought it would be interesting for two younger 18 and 23 year olds to join the party! We do a lot of work across the different generations, with older people passing on their skills and younger people learning and sharing their own unique knowledge as well.
“Keeping up the links across the generations is important for making sure our residents feel part of the local community where they live and that the skills and experiences they have are passed down the years.”
Just 0.3 per cent of the world’s population celebrate their birthday on February 29.
Many happy returns Cathy Bowman (right) with fellow ‘leapling’ Christine Crome and Hannover’s Janice McDonald