Broch resident celebrates 100th birthday

Councillor Brian Topping congratulates Nellie Stephen on her 100th birthday.
Councillor Brian Topping congratulates Nellie Stephen on her 100th birthday.

A Fraserburgh resident has celebrated her 100th birthday by enjoying an afternoon tea with friends and family.

Helen Stephen, who is affectionately known as Nellie, marked her milestone birthday with friends at Windmill Court last Friday.

Nellie has two children - Kenny and the late Keith - as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Nellie’s late husband, Andrew, passed away in 1994.

Born and brought up in Fraserburgh, Nellie also went to school in the town.

She married Andrew in Fraserburgh in 1938 and undertook a number of jobs during her career - including working in the office at Morrison’s Bakery in Maud.

The centenarian counts crosswords, sudoku puzzles and reading among her favourite pastimes, and does exercises every day to keep fit.

Commenting, Nellie’s daughter-in-law Liz said: “She is very astute and has an amazing memory. She is a great reader and loves reading.

“When she was a bit younger and they had bingo she used to take two other people’s cards and fill out three at once. She has very good recall.”

“She has lovely memories of being in Maud. The train was running there at the time and she has memories of running to catch the train to Peterhead. She told us about train leaving the station and her being pulled up into the guard van and spending the journey in there.

“She has been retired for a long time now but she enjoys her family and has us round about her. She is very much a part of the community.”

Commenting on Nellie’s birthday celebrations in particular, Liz added: “She keeps herself well and has been very excited about it all. It has been a tremendous occasion for all of us.

“Her friends came from Alloa and also her granddaughter, who has married an airline pilot, came from Luton.”