TEN YEARS AGO Friday November 28, 2008
Dolly celebrates her centenary
You need more than one party for a life as full as Dolly Silcock’s. A remarkable Argyll woman celebrated her 100th birthday in Campbeltown on Monday. Helen Anne Silcock, née Stevenson, known to one and all as Dolly, was visited by Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart who presented her with a bouquet and her telegram from HM Queen and by Councillor Rory Colville, who gave her a bouquet on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council. Mrs Silcock was born at Invercreran, Glencreran, the youngest of the five children of Alexander and Helen Stevenson; her father was the gardener at ‘the big house’. At the age of eight, the family moved to Falkirk where things like trams, traffic and shops were all new to her. ‘You saw such poverty,’ Mrs Silcock said, remembering sharing an apple with children in the playground. ‘You saw children with patched clothes. There’s no poverty like that today.’
Dolly Silcock with, from left, Councillor Rory Colville, Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart and Julie McLellan, Argyll and Bute Council.