TEN years ago this week, Kilcreggan woman Sarah Jane - Sadie - Davenport marked the memorable occasion of her 100th birthday with a special party.

Here, we take a look back to our article in the Advertiser in 2009 celebrating the milestone...


A KILCREGGAN woman has celebrated a milestone birthday with a telegram from the Queen.

Provost Billy Petrie, representing Her Majesty, was there to present the special letter to Sarah Jane Davenport as she marked her centenary on Sunday.

The party at Cairndhu Nursing Home was attended by over 30 friends and family. Great-nephews and a great-niece travelled from England and United States to mark Miss Davenport’s big day.

Guests were also treated to a violin recital by a young relative of the “birthday girl”.

Rev George Vidits of St Columba Church, along with Mrs Jean Petrie representing Argyll and Bute Council, were there to enjoy the occasion.

Sarah Jane, or Sadie, as she is known to friends, moved to the nursing home only a few months ago and quickly became a popular and well-respected resident.

Originally from Possilpark, Sadie is well-known around Cove and Kilcreggan. She lived in Craigrownie Manse with sister Margaret and brother-in-law Rev Charles (Keith) Spence for many years.

After Mr Spence retired, they moved to Helensburgh and are now familiar faces at St Columba Church.

And there must be something in the blood, with Miss Davenport’s younger sister Margaret not far off from receiving her own telegram.