Agnes quicksteps over hundred mark

Agnes Willens at her 100th birthday party with her son William
Agnes Willens at her 100th birthday party with her son William
Share this article
Have your say

AGNES WILLENS of North Berwick has just turned a hundred and celebrated by taking to the dance floor six times.

Agnes, who turned 100 on Sunday, April 21, marked the occasion with not one but two celebrations.

The previous day she joined friend Helen Purves, of Bowhill Court, Gullane, who was celebrating her 90th birthday at The Golfers Rest in North Berwick.

And on Tuesday she was joined by more family and friends at North Berwick Day Centre, where she received a card from the Queen, presented by East Lothian’s Lord Lieutenant Sir Garth Morrison and Lady Morrison.

Her son William, 80, said: “We all really enjoyed ourselves, it was a great celebration.

“There must have been about 60 to 80 people who came along to the day centre.

“My mum may be 100 years old, but she is still as sharp as a pin, and her memory is incredible.

“She loves to dance – and at the party she was up on the dance floor six times. Everything went perfectly.”

Agnes, of Lochbridge Road, was born in Wester Broomhouse, Dunbar, on April 21, 1913.

One of five children – with two brothers, Walter and John, and two sisters, Alice and Heriot – she went to school in Spott before the family moved to Innerwick.

She met her husband, Thomas, at school and the couple married in 1933 at Innerwick Parish Church. Soon after William arrived, followed by Robert four years later.

Agnes and Thomas worked most of their lives on the farm, first at Thurston before moving to Halls, near Dunbar, then to West Fenton.

She did not work while she raised her sons, but when they went to school she worked in the farmhouse at West Fenton.

Tragedy struck When Robert was killed in a car crash aged 29.

Robert’s death saw the family move to North Berwick, where Agnes continues to live.

She lost her husband about 17 years ago, yet remains largely independent – attending the North Berwick Day Centre twice a week - despite being almost blind.