Apr 18 2012 by Judith Tonner, Airdrie & Coatbridge
COATBRIDGE centenarian Catherine Roxburgh marked her 100th birthday on an unforgettable day.
She reached the landmark age last Sunday – on the anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, which occurred on the day she was born in 1912.
The Townhead woman’s birthday was marked by a telegram from the Queen and a party for 100 special guests, including her daughters Jeanette, Sheila and Alison, her 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Alison (59) said: “Mum’s two older brothers used to tease her about how the event of her birth sank the Titanic!
“It’s a bit of a family in-joke, which she’s always taken in good spirits; and her birthday celebration was a memorable occasion.
“Mum has always been very family-orientated and is still very independent – she’s always embraced new technology and change, and keeps right up to date by watching the TV news and reading the papers.”
Sprightly Catherine says the secret of her long life is a happy childhood and a happy family life, and her grandson Brian Glen (43) added: “She’s the focus of the family.
“The party was fantastic – I’m sure she was the first onto the dancefloor and the last to leave it at the end of the night.”