Eleanor cel­e­brates 100th birth­day

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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