A MUSIC-loving pensioner with a lifelong passion for dancing has celebrated her 102nd birthday.
Elizabeth Brown was joined by family and staff at the Pentland Hill Care Home in Corstorphine for a special birthday celebration that included decorations, music and cake.
Mrs Brown was born on April 1, 1912, two weeks before the sinking of the Titanic. She grew up near Bristo Square, and later moved to Niddrie Mains Road in Craigmillar.
She attended York Place School before starting work at Duncan’s Chocolate Factory. Later, she would work behind the checkout in Edinburgh’s much-missed Crawford’s bakery.
In 1938, she married postman James Brown at St Columba’s Roman Catholic Church on Upper Gray Street. The couple quickly moved to Stuart Terrace and were married for 58 years before James’s death in 1996. They had two sons, John and James.
John is now 74 and lives with his wife, Sheila, in Melbourne, Australia although he makes frequent trips back home to see his mum. James died in 2004.
In her younger years, Mrs Brown’s favourite pastime was dancing and along with husband James she travelled all over Edinburgh attending whatever dance happened to be on that night.
Her love of music continues to this day, even if she can no longer tear up the dancefloor like she used to.
After a series of falls left her unable to continue living by herself, Mrs Brown moved into the care home in 2006, and quickly become a firm favourite with residents and staff alike.
Mrs Brown’s eyesight and hearing may have deteriorated in recent years, but her personality still shines through and she is never found without a bag of sweets beside her bed – with toffees being her favourite.
Mrs Brown is visited regularly by her two nieces, Norma McVey and Maureen Murray, as well as nephew Joe McVey and his wife, Kate, who live across the road from the care home.
Ms McVey, who lives in Clermiston, said: “Seeing Elizabeth reach the grand age of 102 is just fantastic.
“Elizabeth is a lovely, genteel lady, very kind and soft-spoken. She is very considerate and never has a bad word to say about anyone. She is one of a kind.”
She has three grandchildren, Cameron, Fiona and Matthew, and three great-grandchildren, Aiden, Fraser and Oscar. All live in Australia with son John. Matthew is due to visit in July. Elizabeth’s 88-year-old sister, Rita, lives in Canada.
Maggie White, home manager, said: “Elizabeth is a joy to have in the home. She loves nothing more than having a wee banter. She has a quirky sense of humour and always makes the carers laugh. She also loves listening to music.”