Cathy en­joys her 23rd birth­day af­ter 92 years

Leap year cel­e­bra­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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