Inverlochy’s Alice celebrates 104th birthday

ALICE GOODE 104th birthday. During WWII Alice Lawrie moved to Fort William to work in the British Aluminium factory, met her late husband William Goode and set up home. They had three children, Billy, Kenneth, Mairi and Roselyn (who is sadly, deceased). Now, still in Inverlochy, she celebrated her 104th birthday on Monday, October 30th with many good wishes from her large family, which includes 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchild 1 great, great grandchild. Other than the pile of cards, some of which had to specially made to feature her age, Alice also enjoyed a beautiful, specially made cake. She has no secret of long life, but says that having good health is the most important thing for everyone. Picture Iain Ferguson,

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When Alice Lawrie was born in the September 1915, British troops were engaged in bloody fighting in the Battle of Loos on the Western Front and it was just three brief years since the sinking of the Titanic and the doomed South Pole expedition of Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

More than a century later, Inverlochy resident Alice, whose married name is Goode, has just this week celebrated her 104th birthday.

Monday was the big day which was marked with birthday messages from her large family comprising three children, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Alice also enjoyed a beautiful specially-made cake and a large pile of cards – some of which had to be specially commission in order to reflect her amazing age.

It was during the Second World War that Alice moved from Poolewe to Fort William to work in what was then the British Aluminium factory, and it was here that she met her now late husband, William Goode, and set up home.

The couple went on to have four children – Billy, Kenneth, Mairi and the late Roselyn.

Now, still in Inverlochy, Alice said she had no special secret to enjoying such a long life, but told wellwishers that ‘good health is the most important thing for everyone’.

Photograph: Iain Ferguson,


CAPTION: Alice Goode who celebrated her 104th birthday this week.

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