Bunty’s bountiful century of activity

Bunty Thomson and friends enjoyed a celebration
Bunty Thomson and friends enjoyed a celebration
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A computer-game loving pensioner has celebrated her 100th birthday – reaching the same milestone her mother celebrated nearly 30 years earlier.

Bunty Thomson marked the occasion with a quiet gathering with family and friends in the dining room at the Hilton Lodge private care home in Haddington, where she lives.

She was delighted to receive a birthday card from the Queen and enjoyed an afternoon with some of the many friends she had met over her long life.

Mrs Thomson was the first home owner in Haddington’s Hilton Court in 1988, where she lived independently until she moved earlier this year into Hilton Lodge.

Mrs Thomson, who grew up in Edinburgh and Portobello, has enjoyed a varied life.

One of her first jobs was in Dobbies garden centre in Portobello, before she became a civil servant in the Scottish Office, working in both Edinburgh and London.

Later in life, she also worked in secretarial roles. She married husband Murray during the war, had two children and lived in the Capital, later moving to Elphinstone and Haddington.

An active woman, Mrs Thomson was a keen driver who enjoyed cycling and hostelling when she was younger. She was also passionate about travel, and visited France, Spain and Japan.

Even in older age, she has always put her bright, active mind and nimble fingers to good use – by knitting, sewing and crafting to a high standard.

Rather than shrugging off technological advances, she bought an Apple laptop when she was in her nineties, and attended computer classes where she was delighted to learn how to create greeting cards and send emails. She also enjoys playing games on her PlayStation – especially her favourite game, Scrabble.

Her friends describe Mrs Thomson – a keen crossword player – as “a walking dictionary, always knowing the word, how to spell it and its meaning”. One said: “She knew the answer before I’d finished asking the question.”

Mrs Thomson is still a member of Haddington’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She also worked in the cancer charity shop on the High Street, where she made many friends.

Living a long and healthy life is clearly in her blood – her mother, Frances Jane Ryan, celebrated her 100th birthday in the East Lothian town too, in 1985.

And Mrs Thomson’s sisters Peggy and Dorothy lived into their nineties. They also had homes at Hilton Court, where the sisters cared for one another and shared many interests.

Mrs Thomson and her friends enjoyed a memorable party to celebrate her 100th birthday. They thanked the staff and carers at Hilton Lodge for planning and arranging the event.