Kirkcaldy Galleries help celebrate Jimmy’s 103rd birthday

Jimmy at his birthday celebrations
Jimmy at his birthday celebrations

Jimmy Sinclair, the country’s oldest surviving Desert Rat, celebrated his 103rd birthday in style on Wednesday with a special birthday party laid on by Kirkcaldy Galleries.

The celebrated war veteran, who is personal friends with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, along with many of his friends and family as well as serving Army colleagues, was treated to the birthday tea which was organised by Wendy Valance, library and museum assistant at the Galleries.

Billy Hanafin, operations manager with Fife Cultural Trust, said: “Jimmy was kind enough to help us when the museum and library celebrated its 90th birthday party, because his birthday was just the day before, so Wendy organised a wee celebration for his this year and our catering staff made a huge birthday cake for him and the 40 or so guests we had invited along on the day.”

Among the guests were members of the Black Watch Association and the Royal Artillery which Jimmy served with, and David Torrance MSP who is also a friend of Jimmy’s.

Mr Torrance said: “He is a remarkable man who did so much for his country, and is still doing so, and I’m delighted to celebrate his birthday with him.”