Aberdonian Beryl Booth has celebrated a milestone birthday at a party with a strict dress code of top hats and tiaras, at which the guests’ ages ranged from one-100 years.
Friends and family travelled from as far afield as Oman to attend Beryl’s tiara and top hats party at newly renovated Cowdray Club Care Home, Fonthill.
Beryl, born on 30 September 1919, has four children – Beryl, Bruce, Rosemary and David – with her late husband, Alexander Miller Booth, who was in the navy.
Beryl was studying nursing during World War II, when she met Alexander at a Yorkshire dance at which he was singing. His eyes were drawn to Beryl from across the room while performing onstage, and as soon as his performance was finished, he approached her and declared he would marry her.
The couple married the next year after Alexander convinced Beryl’s ward matron to allow her two weeks off work to meet his parents, and they remained married for 77 years until Alexander’s death at the age of 97.
Beryl continued to live independently in her own home until the age of 99 and moved to Cowdray Club Care Home earlier this year.
During her long life, Beryl worked in a variety of jobs. She began working at the age of 14, helping to care for an elderly neighbour and running the household, before training as a nurse, and later working for a Sheffield steel industrialism company.
Along with family, friends, and Cowdray Club Care Home residents and staff, Aberdeen City Council Depute Lord Provost Jennifer Stewart also attended the party to present Beryl with her letter from the Queen marking the milestone.
The party was combined with the home’s Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning, raising money for vital support services offered to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, and their families.
Kelly Loggie, Cowdray Club Care Home manager said: “Beryl is a pleasure to be around, she has fantastic energy and positivity, which her friends and acquaintances all benefit from. It is always a privilege to care for and get to know residents who have such a long and fascinating history.”
Beryl’s daughter, Rosemary said: “Throughout her life, my mother has always gone out of her way to care for others, including family and her patients when she was nursing during the war. She remains very independent even now and is still extremely house proud after settling into her new life at the care home.”
Cowdray Club is located in a nineteenth century building in Fonthill, close to the town centre, and just 10 minutes walk to Duthie Park. It has 30 single occupancy rooms and five companion rooms.