A care home resident from Falkirk has revealed her key to a long and healthy life – one that has seen her reach her 100th birthday.
Christina celebrated her milestone birthday at Bupa’s Newcarron Care Home, on Ronades Road, with an afternoon lunch attended by 20 close family members, staff and the Lord Provost, Pat Reid, who presented Christina with her telegram.
Born in 1915, Christina grew up in Falkirk, where she has lived for most of her life, commuting through to Edinburgh to work as a shorthand typist.
She married her husband, James McKellar Hamilton, during WWII at Bainsford Church on St. Hendry Street. James worked in the Carron Ironworks and together they had one son, Charles, now aged 66.
Throughout her long life, Christina has been passionate about all things musical, even living in France for a period to study for her music finals. During this time, she developed a penchant for the French language, but a dislike for snails and frogs legs.
In particular, Christina is an avid pianist and recalls having once played piano for the Queen in both Edinburgh and Falkirk. She continues to tinkle the ivories to this day, much to the enjoyment of the Newcarron residents.
Christina’s passion for all things tuneful was also inspired by being part of a very musical family, with her father and two brothers – both of whom were devoted drummers – all playing in orchestras.
Joan Purdy, Senior Activity Coordinator at Bupa’s Newcarron Care Home, spoke of how Christina’s piano playing hits all the right notes with the other residents.
Joan said: “Christina’s musical talents are very much appreciated by the staff and especially the residents who love to have a dance and a singsong.
“Everyone was absolutely delighted to help Christina celebrate her big day and it was lovely to have the Lord Provost come along and join in with the festivities.
“Christina is such a pleasure to be around. She’s very lively and is popular with everyone who lives and works here.
“Turning 100 is such an incredible achievement and we’re all so proud of Christina.”