100th birthday celebrations for Evelyn

SPECIAL celebrations: Evelyn Cunningham, pictured with her daughter Evelyn Willsher, son Frank and Stonehaven councillor Wendy Agnew.
SPECIAL celebrations: Evelyn Cunningham, pictured with her daughter Evelyn Willsher, son Frank and Stonehaven councillor Wendy Agnew.
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A STONEHAVEN woman celebrated a huge milestone last week, surrounded by friends and family.

Evelyn Cunningham, who stays at Havencourt Nursing Home in the town, turned 100 on June 8 and celebrated the day in the company of many friends and family, saying she had been “richly blessed” in life.

And local councillor Wendy Agnew, and members of the Stonehaven Rotary Club, were also there to present the newly turned centenarian with flowers and congratulatory cards.

Mrs Cunningham, who has two children, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, was born in Edzell in 1911. After marrying Alex, a railway signalman, the family moved about over the years with his work and lived in Perthshire, Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Rutherglen, before retiring to Friockheim. Mrs Cunningham took on various jobs in local schools, and at Kennedy’s Garage (now Kwik Fit in Stonehaven), during her working life.

The couple later decided to downsize and moved into Turners Court in Stonehaven, where Mrs Cunningham stayed until a couple of years ago.

Looking back, she said: “During my lifetime there have been amazing changes in the world. In my early years cars were a luxury of the rich – air travel was unknown – and a trip to the moon was still pure fantasy. Rail travel was slow and on occasions rather “sooty” but punctuality was better than it is now.

“Working people were, I suppose, quite poor and had to work very hard for very little but seemed to have had more time to look after each other and enjoyed themselves in simple ways.

“When asked the secret of my long life I can only say that I had a good upbringing, a happy childhood, good parents, a happy marriage and a loving family – I cannot ask for more. Looking back, I have been richly blessed.”