There was a party atmosphere in Ramsay House in The Erskine Home at the weekend (Sunday 26) as much loved resident Irene Barnes turned 100.
A birthday tea party was held for Irene who was joined by her family, staff and friends in Ramsay House. Baroness Annabel Goldie, Deputy Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, also joined the celebrations presenting a birthday card from The Queen.
Irene who comes from the Knightswood area of Glasgow has lived in The Erskine Home since October 2013. Irene’s late husband, Donald, served in the Army Catering Corps for over five years. When Donald left the army he worked in a bakery in Glasgow as did Irene. They had two children and Irene is now a grandmother to four and Great grandmother to nine.
All residents in Ramsay House are living with dementia so Irene cannot put into words how it feels to turn 100 but her son Donald explains the pride the family feel at her special birthday. He said: “I think my mother may wonder what all the fuss is about but we think it is a great achievement to turn 100. She was a hard worker all her life. She was always very independent and enjoyed time on her own. She was never one for sitting still, she was on the go all the time and still is as the staff at Ramsay House will testify. In fact it is difficult to keep her still even now.
‘My mother couldn’t be in a better place than Erskine. Staff in Ramsay House are great. They are so kind to my mother. They did her proud arranging the party and we thank them for organising everything.”
Ramsay House Manager Veronica Dormer said: “It was lovely to see so many generations of Irene’s family come together to celebrate this momentous occasion.
It’s not often we get to celebrate such a special birthday and it was a privilege for staff and residents to join the party. A wonderful day was had by all.”