A family affair for Ethel’s 103rd birthday treat

The Gillvray family celebrate Ethel Gillvray's 103rd birthday.
The Gillvray family celebrate Ethel Gillvray's 103rd birthday.

It was a family affair when the Gillvray clan gathered at a Doncaster care home to celebrate a 103rd birthday.

Centenarian, Ethel May Gillvray, was joined by family members at St Mary’s, Thorne Road, including her eldest son, Brian, 80.

Brian said: “The Gillvrays are well known in Doncaster and the family has a rich and varied history. It was really nice to celebrate my mum’s birthday at the home.”

Ethel has two sons, Brian and Norman, four grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and two great great great grandchildren.

She was born in Doncaster in September 1912, in Garden Terrace – Close to Carr Hill – five months after the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15 of that year. She is the middle child of three – with an older sister Irene and a younger sister Annie. She married Norman Samuel Gillvray in Balby Church in 1932.

Brian said his mother worked at Pegler brass foundry as did her husband as a maintenance plumber until his retirement at 65.

Ethel left Pegler after the Second World War and cleaned offices for a living for Doncaster Corporation and was also a part time usherette at the Windsor Cinema in Balby.

Ethel’s son Brian added: “My mum has seen a lot of changes in her life. After all she has seen technology change dramatically and she lived through two world wars. She must have lived an amazing life.”