Broch twins toast 90th birthdays

fraserburgh twins celebrated their 90th birthday this week among friends and family at the RAF Club on Love Lane on Monday.

Bobby and Helen Stewart who were brought up in Longhaven, shared cake, sandwiches, crisps and stories of their life as brother and sister for ninety years.

Bobby showed that ninety is only a number as he phoned his sister from his mobile phone as her taxi was running late.

Bobby was in the RAF for most of his life and was posted to India and Burma during World War II. He was awarded medals for his part in the RAF including the Burma Star.

Recently at the VE day celebration in Fraserburgh Bobby represented the Burma award and took the salute as the oldest veteran.

Bobby is one of the founding members of the RAF branch in Fraserburgh and plays a very active member of the committee. He has had various roles in the club and is now President and has received a Presidential award which comes after recommendation.

Duncan MacKintosh, Chairman of the RAF Club said:

“He is so active for his age. He is a marvellous gentleman and is so appreciated and respected from not only the members of RAF club here but also by members of staff from the headquarters.

“He has a great nature and is always the first to volunteer to raise money. Just recently he stood at Tesco for 6 hours collecting for RAF charities. Young people just don’t want to do that sort of thing whereas Bobby is eager to be involved.”

Helen Stewart was a shop assistant in Fraserburgh until she got married and had her only son. She then went back part time in 1941.

Helen and Bobby cut their cake in front of friends and family to mark the milestone while Bobby made a short speech. Duncan MacKintosh said:

“So who is the oldest?”

Helen responded, “I’m the oldest by ten minutes,” although Bobby insisted that it is him who is the oldest.

Helen was very grateful to those who shared her birthday with her and her brother:

“Robert and I would like to thank everybody for coming today and for all the lovely cards and gifts. We are both very humbled by everyone’s generosity.”