CELEBRATIONS were bittersweet for Renfrewshire’s latest centenarian as she spent her birthday in a care home under lockdown.

Janet McSherry, known as Nettie, was joined by loved ones who stood outside Erskine Park Home, in Bishopton, on Monday to mark her 100th birthday.

Due to the current lockdown, only four family members, including Nettie’s daughter Janette McGee and granddaughter Janet Sloan, were able to visit and wave to her through the windows of the care home on her special day.

Janet told The Gazette: “My gran looked amazing and the care home had set up a table outside with drinks and nibbles for us to celebrate.

“Inside there was cake, presents and decorations, including my mum’s home-made banner, along with lovely cards that the staff had made for my gran.

“My mum had been heartbroken all week but, during the event, my gran shouted through the window to her ‘Janette, I love you,’ which was really nice and I think helped my mum.”

Care home staff arranged for a piper to play ‘Happy Birthday’ outside the care home for Nettie, who was accompanied by a life-size cardboard cut-out of The Queen.

Nettie is believed to be the first ever resident at the home to turn 100 and staff were determined to do their best to make it a joyful day.

Janet added: “I cannot thank the Erskine Park Home enough for how they look after my gran.”

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