Arbroath woman celebrates 100th birthday

Olive with her two children
Olive with her two children

An Arbroath woman celebrated her 100th Birthday on October 20 - surrounded by family and friends.

Olivia Freeland - known as Olive or Ollie to her friends - celebrated her birthday at Stracathro Hospital.

She was born on October 20, 1916 at her Aunt’s home in Fergus Square, Arbroath.

She spent her early years in Wishaw where her father was the Manager of the British Linen Bank.

She always wanted to be a nurse and at the age of 18 she started her training at Glasgow Royal Infirmary where she received the princely sum of £1 per month.

She returned to Arbroath in 1955 and worked in both Arbroath Infirmary and Little Cairnie until her retirement in 1977. She was well known as Sister Freeland to many people in Arbroath.

Following her retirement she maintained her links to nursing as an active member of the Red Cross.

She was also responsible for starting up a lip reading class in Arbroath in the early 1980s as she suffered from deafness herself and she has continued to support the class ever since.

Olive has two children, John who lives in Aberdeenshire and Janie who lives in Carnoustie. She has three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.