An Angus man who has spent a century staying active celebrated his 100th birthday last week and reflected on his “very happy life”.
George Greenhill celebrated his century on Friday in his own home in Carnoustie with friends and family visiting to wish him many happy returns.
Born in Careston, near Brechin, on January 10, 1914, he moved to Forfar where he attended East School and Forfar Academy.
On leaving school he began the first of many jobs in his long career. He said: “I was going to be a baker but that didn’t work out, so I went to work for Callendar’s Contractors driving the lorries. I worked there as a young lad until BRS took them over.”
Mr Greenhill was with the firm for 18 years before taking on the caretaker post at Whitehills Infirmary where he stayed for 17 years.
In 1940 George married Ann Ouchteronie, a nurse at Whitehills, and the couple were happily married for 71 years until Ann’s death in 2011.
They had two children, Ann and the late George, as well as grandchildren Lorna, Lynn, Alison and Andrew, and between them five great-grandchildren, James, Georgina, Rowan, Ruaridh and Isla.
When Ann’s father died he left them his house and the family moved to Carnoustie around 60 years ago. It was at this time that Mr Greenhill moved jobs from Whitehills to Arbroath Infirmary, where he spent 16 years until his retiral.
A keen cyclist, he is a life member of Angus Cycle Club having joined in 1932, and his 236 miles in 12 hours is still a standing club record.
Asked what the secret to his longevity is Mr Greenhill replied: “What’s the secret? There’s no secret, you take things as they come. I had a very happy life, it’s just a case of working with what comes and faces you. But I think my cycling all these years has helped me mostly for keeping me fit.”
On Friday he was joined by friends and family for a meal in the Station Hotel, Carnoustie.