Milestone birthday for Janet

030113 Janet johnston 100th birthday at boness care home.
030113 Janet johnston 100th birthday at boness care home.

BIRTHDAY celebrations had extra fizz to them for Janet Johnston of Bo’ness Care Home yesterday (Thursday, January 3), as she marked her centenary milestone.

Janet enjoyed a family lunch at The Restaurant at Beecraigs with guests including son Hugh Annan – a former 
Linlithgow Sheriff Court procurator fiscal – and her six great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom is just 15 months.

Then it was time to make a wish and blow out the candles on her special cake at Bridgeness Lane.

Fifer Janet worked in the lino factory at Newburgh and later as an auxiliary nurse in Dumfries until her retiral. A widow, she moved to Bo’ness around six years ago, and is regularly visited by Hugh (78) of Deacons Court, Linlithgow.

Paying tribute to his mum, who played golf in her youth and was a good reader, he said: “She’s someone who’s done her best for the community throughout her working life.”

Asked what was the secret of her 10 decades, Hugh said: “I think it’s just good luck. None of us knows what’s in our genes after all.”

In the year of Janet’s birth, 1913, the Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line, Woodrow Wilson became US president and British suffragette Emily Davison was fatally injured after running in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby.