A CLYDEBANK woman who survived the Blitz thanks to a hurried decision has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mrs Catherine Cowan, known as Cathy, was born on August 15, 1919, and enjoyed marking the special occasion with family and friends.

An afternoon tea party was held in Clydebank Town Hall’s Garden Gallery, and Provost William Hendrie joined in on the celebrations.

Cathy was born in Govan, then moved to Dumbarton and became a Bankie in 1930. She married her husband Johnny in 1940 whilst he was on leave from the army.

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The 100-year-old doesn’t miss an opportunity to remind everyone, that while living on Crown Avenue at the time of the Blitz, she fortunately, and quickly, made the decision to help evacuate six of her young relatives. Their home was destroyed later that night in 1941.

Cathy, who has lived at Mill Road Sheltered Housing for 22 years, has been described as someone with a good outlook on life, and a good sense of humour. And with three children, seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and even two great great grandchildren, Cathy is the head of the family.

She always welcomes her friends and family into her home where she loves to listen to music and tell jokes.