Rosella Lamont, resident of Grandholm Care Home, who celebrated her 107th birthday at the weekend, has joined the ranks as one of the oldest women in the UK.
Born and raised in Aberdeen, Rosella left school at fourteen to work in Crombie Woollen Mill in Grandholm as a trainee weaver. The mill, located near the river Don, was renowned as one of Aberdeen’s largest textile plants and was responsible for allowing thousands of women to join the workforce in the twentieth century. Grandholm Care Home, where Rosella is a resident, now sits on the same site of the former woollen mill where she worked.
To celebrate in style, staff at Grandholm in Aberdeen threw a birthday party for Rosella; the home was filled with balloons and, of course, residents enjoyed a delicious cake to celebrate the landmark birthday. The 107-year-old also received a special visit from the Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, the British monarch’s personal representative for the region.
When asked if she had any advice to younger generations, Rosella dished out some pearls of wisdom:
“It’s important to try your best to be happy, and stay healthy, and keep up to date with your loved ones and what’s going on in life. If I had one piece of advice for young people, it would be just don’t be daft! Oh, and make sure to watch what you’re doing with your money!”
In addition to a regular programme of activities to provide residents with opportunities to stay healthy and happy, Grandholm, which is part of the Holmes Care Group, goes the extra mile to ensure that resident’s birthdays and other significant milestones are memorable.
Val Buchan, Manager at Grandholm Care Home said:
“All the staff and residents at Grandholm had a brilliant time celebrating Rosella’s 107th Birthday, it was a great day. Rosella is an amazing lady and truly remarkable for her age – she still joins in with arts and crafts activities at the home and is always making us laugh.”