Last updated: 11.38am, Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Mrs Grace Donald
90 years young and off to the Commonwealth Games to celebrate!
THENUE Housing has paid tribute to one of its most popular tenants who is 90 years young!
Amazing Grace Donald is celebrating it, appropriately, with a trip to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
The special birthday for Grace was also marked with a visit to Thenue Housing where she is a tenant to receive a celebratory bouquet of flowers which left her “thrilled.”
Accompanied by one of her two sons Walter, Grace is now off to the Opening Ceremony of the Games after regeneration agency Clyde Gateway heard of her 90th birthday and promptly sent her two VIP tickets!
Grace was born in 1924, a full six years before the first ever Games - then known as the British Empire Games - which were held in Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. She married her husband Walter in 1949 in the church in Bridgeton which she still attends.
Welcoming her to Thenue to be presented with her bouquet, Thenue Chair Owen Stewart praised Grace’s dedication to her community where she is well known as hard working and totally dedicated to improving the Bridgeton and Dalmarnock areas.
She is a member of the local residents’ group the Bridgeton and Dalmarnock Area Association, is active in her local church and has recently been getting to grips with digital technology and the internet thanks to a project being run by the housing association. Grace says “you’re never too old to learn something new.”
Grace has a lifelong love of sport and has been a badminton player and bowler. She is easily the oldest fan of football club Clyde which had its roots in the east end and is now based in Cumbernauld.
Incredibly, she has been attending Clyde matches since the age of eight and is so highly regarded by the Club that when she now attends games – which she does most weeks - she sits in the Directors’ box.
Grace said: “I am thrilled to receive these flowers from Thenue. It is such a lovely gesture and I am so grateful for them. Everyone has been so kind and I’m looking forward to celebrating my birthday at the Commonwealth Games.”