Supergran Susan celebrates 100 years and counting

Published: Thursday 11 August 2022

South Lanarkshire Provost Margaret Cooper (right) and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mary Hernon congratulate Uddingston's Susan McAleer on her 100th birthday.

It was the biggest of big birthdays when Susan McAleer’s family – who call her Supergran – gathered in Uddingston last week.

For Susan celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by the ones she loves – and making sure that everyone was having a good time!

Susan was born and grew up in the east end of Glasgow. She worked as a machinist in a clothing factory and, in 1949, she married James.

In any spare time that she managed to have, her greatest hobby was dancing, while she also loved the cinema, going to watch a film twice a week for many years.

She was widowed early and she moved to Uddingston to be close to her children, Catherine and William. Susan was joined on her big day by her grandchildren, Lauren & Paul and her great-grandchildren, Orla, Caoimhe, Marcella, Saoirse and Rebecca.

Susan McAleer's family gather with her for her 100th birthday.


Also adding their congratulations were South Lanarkshire’s Provost, Councillor Margaret Cooper, who presented Susan with a card, flowers and a scroll, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mary Hernon, who passed on a certificate to mark the wonderful achievement.

Provost Cooper said: “For anyone to reach one hundred years of age is a remarkable thing in itself, but to do so and retain the sparkle, cheer and kindness that Susan has is truly amazing.

“She lit up the room with her smile and the twinkle in her eye and she gave us all a laugh with her perfectly-timed comments, and it was a privilege and an inspiration to spend time with her. She certainly is a Supergran and I wish Susan many happy returns and all the very best for the future.”

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Hernon added: “It was an honour and privilege not only to represent the Lord Lieutenant’s Office on the occasion of Susan’s 100th birthday, but I was also delighted to share in her special day as a long-time friend of Susan and her family – a  family who are very highly thought-of within the local community.”

Uddingston's Susan McAleer celebrates her 100th birthday.