Inverlochy’s Alice celebrates 104th birthday

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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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