Amy celebrates with friends and family
A GLAMOROUS 102-year-old has celebrated her birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Amy Gowland, who has lived at Greycliffe Manor care home in Torquay for three years, reached the milestone on March 6.
Granddaughter Heidi Fossali said her grandma is an inspiration and is surrounded by a huge, loving family.
She said: "This gorgeous lady has a wardrobe full of beautiful clothes that she carefully selects from each morning, a quick 'dab' of lipstick and a hairdresser who comes to the home each week to style her hair.
"There's nothing like keeping up appearances at 102."
Amy was born in Manchester and was married to Bill, who died in 1982.
They had three daughters — Valerie, Marjorie and Greta. Amy has 10 grand-children and 15 great-grandchildren.
Heidi said: "Grandma is surrounded by a large, vibrant, loving family who think she is wonderful, elegant, kind, loving and totally fabulous.
"As one of her grand-daughters, I have such happy and vivid memories of playing at her house.
"She gave us money to go to the sweetie shop on the corner, where she had worked on and off for 20 years. We would always have homemade meat and potato pie with dumplings for dinner — a traditional Northern dish — and homemade apple pie for pudding."
Amy worked part-time at the corner sweet shop while raising her daughters.
Husband Bill worked in a spinning mill from the age of 13 until he retired aged 68.
Amy moved to Devon in 1984 — two years after her husband died — to be nearer to her large family living in Torquay.