Linlithgow woman celebrates centenary year

100th birthday of Nancy Lowe
100th birthday of Nancy Lowe

It was a ‘top note’ celebration for Nancy Lowe’s 100th birthday with a family meal and a party night in Linlithgow Care Home.

Nancy was born Nancy Clarkson in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, on November 30, 1915 and lived there until she married Peter Lowe and they set up home in Bathgate.

During the war years, Nancy played her part, working in the aircraft factory in Hillington.

The couple had three children - Isobel and David, and Ethel who died four years ago.

Isobel and her husband, Frank Heenan ,collected Nancy on her birthday and took her to the Fairway Hotel for the family celebration.

Nancy’s late husband, Peter, had been a member of Bathgate Band for over 50 years and Nancy attended every concert during this time.

When she was at the Fairway Hotel with her family, members of Peter’s former band surprised her by turning up to entertain with some of her favourite music.

There was also music by some of the grandchildren who are also playing with a band.

Nancy is proud of all her grandchildren - Karen, Jennifer, Graham, Helen, Marion, Christopher and Brian, and great-grandchildren, Katie and Finlay.

Another birthday surprise was a visit from Lord Lieutenant of West Lothian, Isobel Brydie, to Linlithgow Care Home where Nancy has lived since April. The Lord Lieutenant delivered a birthday card from the Queen.

The day was completed with a party at the Care Home in the evening when the residents shared a birthday cake made specially for the occasion for the lady of the moment.