Happy 100th birthday, Bob!

Some of Bob's family joined him for his Lorne Campbell Court party. Sons Robin and Malcolm are sitting to his left and right respectively, his niece Fiona is standing behind and his grandson Calum is sitting.
Some of Bob Miller's family joined him for his Lorne Campbell Court party. Sons Robin and Malcolm are sitting to his left and right respectively, his niece Fiona is standing behind and his grandson Calum is sitting.

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There was more than just Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to celebrate at a party at Lorne Campbell Court last week – it was also resident Bob Miller’s 100th birthday.

Family and friends joined residents and carers at the retirement housing complex last Friday (June 3) to help Bob celebrate his centenary, as well as The Queen’s 70-year reign.

Born and brought up in Fairlie, Ayrshire, Bob spent much of his working life in the Merchant Navy.

While attending a Merchant Navy Day commemorative service at Campbeltown War Memorial last September, Bob told the Courier he served in the Merchant Navy during World War II and the Korean War of the 1950s.

He saw much of the world during his service, sailing through the Panama Canal 12 times and through the Suez Canal 10 times, as well as travelling to far flung places including New Zealand.

He was also in the Japanese city Hiroshima while it was still being rebuilt, a few years after the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.

Bob has lived in Campbeltown since 1975, when he arrived as the local Coastguard, but his links to the town go back much further – to the early 1930s, when he visited for summer holidays.

Lorne Campbell Court staff worked hard to create a day of music and dance for all to enjoy last Friday, particularly as the double celebration was the first to be held since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Highland dancers, bagpipes, music from Kevin McMillan and Cammy Campbell and a nautical-themed birthday cake for Bob, designed and made by Sam Lee, helped to make it a memorable and enjoyable occasion.