Eleanor celebrates 100th birthday
THE DAUGHTER of one of the first families to live in Kinlochleven has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Eleanor Gillon, nee Campbell, became a centenarian on December 23, surrounded by 40 friends and family, including her sister, Jean Logue, five children, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Born in Kinlochleven, Eleanor married James Gillon in 1938 after meeting him while working as a children’s nurse in Edinburgh. The pair then moved back to Kinlochleven where she lived and raised her children until 1971. Her parents, Richard and Christine Campbell, were one of the first families to live in Kinlochleven when the village was developed in the early 1900s.
Now living in Corby, Northamptonshire, Eleanor is an active member of St Ninian’s Church of Scotland, where she celebrated her birthday with a lunch before travelling in style aboard a pullman coach on the Great Central Railway.
The centenarian’s oldest child, Christine Ganson, said: ‘ We had a wonderful day. It was great that so many family members from all over the country were able to get together to celebrate my mother’s birthday. She enjoyed the train ride.’
Eleanor Gillon, front centre, from Kinlochleven, celebrated her 100th birthday with her children, from
left, Sheena Slater, Eleanor Mellors, Marjorie Brown, Robert Gillon and Christine Ganston, seated.