AN INTERNATIONAL birthday party was held in Linlithgow for a special lady who has reached triple figures.
Jenny Stewart celebrated her 100th year with friends and family on December 15 with cake at her home in Brae Court, and a slap up birthday meal at the Park Bistro.
The special day brought Jenny’s family together from all over the globe with one of her grandchildren Fiona (40) visiting from Australia, and her niece Heather Woodbury travelling from Canada with her family.
Jenny was the eldest of five children born to the Palmer family in 1912 who lived in Elderslie, Renfrewshire. Two of her sisters, Peggy Palmer (98) and Minnie Palmer (87) were also at the party, which may never have happened after a bout of pneumonia at the age of 20 had Jenny fighting for her life. It was the time before antibiotics, and the doctor feared the worst and sent for her family, telling them she wouldn’t survive.
But she pulled through and, when WWII broke out, she trained in First Aid and became a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment), working in Erskine Military Hospital.
Jenny soon met John Stewart, also from Renfrewshire, and the pair married in 1947 after he came back from serving in the Royal Artillery in Burma.
In 1948, their daughter Anne (64) was born.
During her working life, Jenny worked in hospitals in Paisley and Elderslie, and she moved to Brae Court five years ago so she could be close to her family.
Jenny has three grandchildren Karen (43) in Linlithgow, Fiona (40) in Australia, and Stewart (37) who also lives locally.
She also has two great grandchildren, Sandy (12) who goes to Linlithgow Academy and Jamie Woodhouse (8) at Linlithgow Primary.