Centenary celebration for Janet

rip  100 year old Janet Rance with Mayor Mick Stanley, Mayoress Gillian Stanley and family members Martin Bibby, Sarah Cox, Hazel Cox, Liz Lloyd, Judy Bibby and David Lloyd.  (120120M2a)
rip 100 year old Janet Rance with Mayor Mick Stanley, Mayoress Gillian Stanley and family members Martin Bibby, Sarah Cox, Hazel Cox, Liz Lloyd, Judy Bibby and David Lloyd. (120120M2a)

A PENICUIK-born woman has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Janet Rance, who now lives in Ripon, marked her centenary on January 20. She celebrated with friends and family at Clova House Care Home, and was joined by the Mayor of Ripon, Mick Stanley.

Mrs Rance, nee Archer, was born in Penicuik in 1912 and lived there for the first nine years of her life. She was delivered by her own grandmother, who served as a midwife to her husband’s regiment, the Royal Scots.

After emigrating to the USA in 1921, Janet and her family were forced to return to Britain just eight years later when the Great Depression hit and left her father, a painter and decorator, unable to find work without US citizenship. The family returned to Edinburgh, where Mrs Rance stayed until she married husband Stan and moved to Surrey.