Celebrations all round as Thenue tenant marks a marvellous milestone
Thenue Housing has said a very happy birthday to its oldest tenant – 100 year old Annie Crozier.
The housing association paid a visit to Annie who lives in Glasgow’s east end to wish her many happy returns on behalf of everyone at Thenue.
She was presented with a framed vintage newspaper from the date of her birth – February 6 1916 as a special gift from the Association.
Annie who spent her birthday on Saturday with members of her family including her devoted niece Ann attributes her long life to “hard work and the occasional sherry.”
That hard work and commitment to her family was typified when, as a young woman of just 19 on the death of her parents, she was left to care for her eight brothers and sisters – the youngest being just two years old.
She then set to work bringing them up on her own – a major challenge for a young woman in the 1930s when support from the State was nothing like it is today.
Annie said: “I would never have put them into a home. They were, after all, my family and I had to look after them.”
She is now looking forward to her telegram from The Queen to congratulate her on reaching her 100th birthday.
In Britain in 1916 when Annie was born, Herbert Asquith was the Liberal Prime Minister and George the Fifth was on the Throne. The nation was two years into the First World War and less than a month before Annie was born the Battle of Gallipoli took place.
Thenue chief executive, Charlie Turner, who visited Annie with colleague Linda Malone, said: “We salute Annie on this fantastic achievement of reaching her 100th birthday and offer our warmest congratulations. Annie is the picture of health and no-one could ever imagine she is 100 years young. We feel very privileged to be able to be part of the celebrations for this amazing occasion.”
The vintage newspaper was obtained by Thenue after it contacted the Daily Telegraph which searched its archives to locate the newspaper from the date of Annie’s birth.
Charlie added: “We are very grateful to the Telegraph for helping us to provide this gift for Annie.”