A GREAT grandmother from Glasgow has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Catherine Thompson has three daughters, six grandchildren, and even some great-grandchildren.

Catherine enjoyed a big party with family and friends at the Scotcare Ltd Abbey Court care home in Easterhouse on Sunday and was joined by family members travelling all the way from Vancouver.

She was also thrilled to receive an official birthday congratulations from the Queen.

Glasgow Times:

Her daughter, Cath McPherson, 70 from Blantyre, said that Catherine was “incredibly upbeat” during the party.

“Her mind is so sharp” said Cath.

“She loved her letter from the Queen. It came as a birthday card rather than a letter which was really lovely.

“At first she was slightly overwhelmed but after she settled in, she enjoyed herself.”

Catherine worked in as a cleaner on the railways during wartime Britain.

Glasgow Times:

She returned and worked in a small chemist before she took up a role in Debenhams, where she worked until her retirement.

Her husband died when he was 55, and so Catherine brought up her three daughters as a single parent.

Catherine lived in a tenement in the Gallowgate, before moving to Dennistoun where she lived alone before moving to the Scot Care home in Easterhouse.

To her family, including Cath, Catherine is an inspiration and pillar of strength.

Glasgow Times:

“Catherine adores her family, especially her great-grandson. She even won a Glamorous Granny competition – she is such a strong and hard-working woman” said Cath.

“I’ve learned from her about how to be strong. I’ve been fighting my own cancer diagnosis, and she’s taught me how to get through things that are difficult.

“I don’t doubt that she has been through things that we will never know, and I don’t think that she has had an easy life. But she is made from better stuff.”