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103rd Birthday Celebrations

ONE of the most senior of Stranraer's senior citizens celebrated his 103rd birthday at the weekend.

James Lewis, who was born on Valentine's Day, 1901, partied with friends and helpers at his home at Stranraer's Belmont House. A friend said:

"James is a fine man and everyone had a great time marking his special day at the weekend. He was simply showered with cards and gifts - but then it's a great achievement to reach 103!"

Born and bred in Edinburgh, James spent the whole of his working life with mapmakers Bartholomew, ending up as chief cartographer.

He retired to Kinghorn, Fife, where he spent many happy years with his wife. She sadly passed away in 1997.

At the age of 100, James decided to give up driving his car but remained at his own house, looking after himself until last year when he opted to move to Stranraer to be nearer his nephew.

"He has certainly not regretted the move," added the friend.

" Although it has taken him further from his surviving daughter-in-law and grandchildren, James has grown very fond of this area. He has taken favourably to Wigtownshire and its friendly folk!"

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