She has reached the dizzying heights of 101 years of age but May Stewart still has a youthful outlook on life.
With her infectious and enthusiastic attitude one would be forgiven for not believing how old she actually is.
Her secret? “You must always keep an interest in people and what is going on in the world,” she said.
May, the only sister in a family of four children is originally from Glasgow and was a qualified nurse and midwife before she retired. Throughout her life she has always shown care for others.
Her job as a nurse lead her to experience the Clydebank Blitz up close and personal. “I remember I was out in the town walking around, doing the rounds and checking up on people. I remember such a loud noise and that’s when I saw the planes flying over head. It was probably the most notable experience that I had in my career.”
May, a great-grandmother of six, of Brae Court, Linlithgow, enjoys reading and botany. “I enjoy studying the science behind things, especially nature,” she said. “I feel it is important to always keep interests throughout your life.”
“My family also keep me young,” she added. “They came to visit me from their homes in Inverness and Aberdeen and I am so grateful to them.”
Also joining in the celebrations was Provost Tom Kerr, who delivered a card and flowers. May added “Everybody has been so generous to me, I’ve had a wonderful day.”