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Ross-shire woman (105) reveals dram fine secret of long life as birthday celebrated at Culduthel Care Home

By Neil MacPhail

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A ROSS-SHIRE woman has celebrated her 105th birthday and says the secret to a long and happy life is a "good wee dram."

Marjorie Stuart also attributes her longevity to plenty of laughter and keeping active.

Now living in Culduthel Care Home, part of the Meallmore group, Marjorie Stuart née Campbell, turned 105 on August 1.

She is the oldest resident in the Inverness care home where she commemorated her birthday with friends and family, where four generations were present to enjoy cakes galore.

Marjorie was born in 1917 and spent her childhood and adulthood in the small village of Conon Bridge. She was educated at Conon Bridge School and later Dingwall Academy, before she began a career in the Civil Service as a secretary.

Marjorie later married the local vet, James and together they had two children, Hamish and Deirdre, and now many grandchildren and great grandchildren of various ages.

Care home manager Denise Scott said: “Marjorie is an amazing lady and it was an absolute honour to celebrate her 105th birthday with her and her family here at Culduthel. This is an incredible age and it was great to see the joy on her face as 15 members of her friends and family joined her to mark her special birthday.

“Marjorie continues to live a very full life and her positive outlook and can-do attitude stands her in good stead. She also tells me that the occasional ‘wee dram’ has helped her through her 105 years! I hear J&B Scotch Whisky is her favourite.”

Daughter Deirdre said: “My mum had a lovely get-together for her 105th which was made perfect by the staff at Culduthel. There was a great buzz about the home and it was so nice to celebrate all together on the patio in the sunshine.

“My mum lives an amazing life – she’s a great story teller and is very sociable. She’s impressive as she continued curling up into her eighties, and now enjoys catching up on live sport on TV with a good whisky. Slainte to you, mum!”

Culduthel Care Home, located on West Heather Road, is run by Meallmore Ltd and provides care for than 60 residents, including those living with dementia.

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