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It's 100 not out for Netherha's bingo mad Bella!

By Alan Beresford

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A BINGO-loving Buckie care home resident has celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends.

Bella Jorgensen, a resident at Netherha care home in the town, was joined by several members of her family as staff and residents threw her a birthday party. A congratulatory message from Her Majesty the Queen took pride of place amongst the festive decorations.

Isabella Cowie Murray was born on July 20, 1922 at Seatown in Buckie to Isabella Murray and John Murray, the family later moving to Gordon Street in the town. She was one of eight children.

Better known as Bella, she worked as a fish worker and married Knud Erik Jorgensen in June 1942. They had three children – a daughter and two sons – together and subsequently went on to have five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Bella enjoyed her holidays with her grandchildren and loved visiting Florida, Canada and Denmark, her husband’s homeland and a country which played an important role in her life.

She loves playing bingo and spending time with friends and her family. Bella attended a daycare service at Netherha for a number of years and has been a resident at the care home for the past three years.

Activities co-ordinator Caroline Cameron said: “We had a lovely day celebrating Bella’s 100th birthday.

"We love having her at Netherha and talking to her about her family and her memories of Denmark and the many other parts of the world she visited.”

Dozens of friends took to Facebook to wish Bella a happy birthday.

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