House call is a treat for big birthday date

Five ladies who celebrate their 50th birthdays along with the Forth Road Bridge
Five ladies who celebrate their 50th birthdays along with the Forth Road Bridge

Five ladies from Winchburgh celebrated their 50th birthdays in style last week with a special visit to stately Hopetoun House.

The celebratory event followed entry to a competition organised by the Forth Bridges Festival organisers late last year.

The birthday competition, called 50:50, was staged to celebrate the Forth Road Bridge turning 50 on September 4 this year.

The festival organiser’s invited entrants who would be turning 50 in 2014 to tell them about their most exciting birthday to date, and why they thought they should be chosen to receive some truly memorable birthday treats ranging from once-in-a-
lifetime experiences to wonderful birthday gifts.

Five of those winners were a group of ladies from Winchburgh – Corinne Ross, Jacquie McKenzie, Sharon Wilson, 
Katie Millar and Fiona Muirhead – all of whom have been friends since primary school days and all turn 50 between March and December this year.

The group had planned to travel to New York to celebrate their birthdays but due to ill health within the group,
travelling to America was no longer possible.

So with the help of Vintage VW Campers and Heritage Portfolio at The Stables Tearoom, the Forth Bridges Festival brought a little taste of America to Hopetoun House on last Sunday, just two days after USA’s Day of Independence.

After being collected from home by Meg, the 50 year old VW Camper, the ladies travelled to the tearoom for an American themed afternoon tea.

One of the ladies who celebrates her big 50 this year, Fiona Muirhead said: “We had an amazing day, our chauffeur Richie and all the staff at the tearoom looked after us really well and were all lovely!

‘‘The afternoon tea was beautifully done and was very tasty! It is an excellent memory of our 50th birthdays.”