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King’s card is perfect present for centenarian

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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
King’s card is perfect present for centenarian
FAMILY PHOTO. . . Jenny with the Lord Lieutenant and her family members

AN ANNAN woman is one of the first in Dumfries and Galloway to receive cards from the new monarch after turning 100.

Janet Wallace, known to many as Jenny, resides at Lydiafield Care Home in Annan and moved there six months before her landmark birthday in December.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Hardip Atwal kindly stopped by the care home to deliver flowers and a card from King Charles.

SPECIAL DELIVERY. . . Lord Lieutenant Hardip Atwal equipped with flowers and a card, ready to give the good news.

The centenarian was thrilled to spend the day with her daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and newborn great-grandson.

They shared prosecco and cakes while opening presents and reminiscing about her life.

Jenny was born the eldest of six children in Greenock and enjoyed her life up there.

Her father was born in Annan and he met Jenny’s mum when he worked in Greenock as a quarryman and as a train conductor.

Jenny remembers her mother sitting her up as a very young girl on the bedroom dresser to wave out of the window as her father went past on the train.

She got married at 18, had three daughters and spent her working life in various shops and stores.

She returned to Annan for a few years during World War II, and while she was here she worked for three and half years in the munitions factory at Powfoot.

Eventually Jenny moved back down to Annan permanently to look after her ailing parents and stayed happily at home, only moving into the care home six months before her 100th birthday.

HAPPY COUPLE. . . Bill and Hilda Anderson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

It was a double celebration at the care home as they hosted a 65th wedding anniversary lunch for Bill and Hilda Anderson. Bill, after all these years of marriage, comes in to visit Hilda twice a day, every day.


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