Helen toasts 100th birthday with family and friends

A KEEN bingo participant has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by household and pals.

Helen Thomson toasted the milestone birthday on August 26 at Hilton Lodge Nursing Dwelling, Haddington.

Born close to Kelso, she lived in Edinburgh with husband James, who handed away in 1987.

Household and pals arrived on the Court docket Avenue nursing house on her large day and toasted the event, which was full with a telegram from HM The Queen.

Daughter-in-law Norma Thomson stated: “It was a brilliant day and Hilton Lodge did her proud.

“Altogether, there have been almost 30 company and amongst them was one other girl who’s going to be 100 subsequent 12 months.

“I believe Helen was fairly mesmerised by all of it. It was an excellent day and she or he was simply delighted so many family and friends had turned out.”

Amongst these in attendance had been sons Ian, who lives in Hull; James, who lives in Garvald; and Walter, who lives in Penicuik; in addition to step-daughter Carol, who stays in Kelso.

Earlier than her retirement, Helen, who has six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, labored at Crawford Biscuits and Scottish & Newcastle Brewery for quite a lot of years.

Outdoors of labor, she was a eager churchgoer, attending Wilson Memorial Church, Portobello.

Norma added: “She beloved bingo.

“That was her favorite time and she or he loved her gardening when she was ready.”