An­nie cel­e­brates a spe­cial birth­day

100th birth­day party then a game of bingo

Rutherglen Reformer - - Homes & Gardens - Jonathan Ged­des

A Cas­tle milk woman cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day in style re­cently, with a party thrown for her at Croft­foot United Free Church.

An­nie McIl­wraith marked the oc­ca­sion sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends - and she even got to en­joy a game of her beloved bingo.

She was joined by daugh­ter Mar­garet, and son John on the day.

John still lives lo­cally while Mar­garet now re­sides in Cal­i­for­nia, but made sure she was over in Scot­land for her mum’s big day.

An­nie was a mum of four, al­though sadly two of her chil­dren have since passed away.

She has eight grand­chil­dren and 12 great-grand­chil­dren, and still lives at home with sup­port from care ser­vice Cor­dia.

Daugh­ter Mar­garet said: “It was great, there were about 60 peo­ple there, all fam­ily and friends and she had a great time.

“She’s still very co­her­ent and alert – she played bingo on Ruther­glen Main Street for years and years, up un­til about two years ago.

“That was her time with her friends there, where she’d go for the so­cial side of things .

“She loved to do that, more to be with friends than any­thing else.”

An­nie used to work as a french pol­isher be­fore fo­cus­ing on rais­ing her fam­ily along with her hus­band Matthew, who she was mar­ried to for over 50 years.

Orig­i­nally from Go­van, she moved to Castlemilk in 1957. A keen trav­eller, she trav­elled all over the world.

Mar­garet added: “She’s been to Amer­ica many times. She al­ways jokes that when she first went to Las Ve­gas it was still a vil­lage, be­fore all the ho­tels came up in the 1960s.

“She’s been to places like Dis­ney­world and Sea­World there, and she went to all sorts of places – she’s been to New Zealand, and Paris and Cal­i­for­nia.

“She laughs at the fact I’m re­tired – she says she must be get­ting old when she’s got a daugh­ter who’s re­tired too.”

Mar­garet paid trib­ute to those at Croft­foot United Free Church who or­gan­ised the day.

“We’d love to thank Mar­ion Mil­li­gan and Ann Dea­cons as they were a great help. They took care of serv­ing tea and cake, and or­gan­ised a bingo game in the af­ter­noon, which was won­der­ful.

“They were in­cred­i­bly kind to me, my daugh­ter and my mum es­pe­cially.

“There were some lovely peo­ple in the con­gre­ga­tion too, who helped out – they were great and I’d like to thank them too.”

She jokes that when she first went to Las Ve­gas it was still a vil­lage

Fam­ily af­fair An­nie’s grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren paid a visit to help her cel­e­brate

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