Party with a difference for great-gran

Agnes Christie
Agnes Christie

An octogenarian from Leven celebrated her birthday with a bang by holding a party... at kids’ play centre Action Zone!

Agnes Christie, who turned 80 on Monday, chose the unusual venue because her 12 great-grandchildren were unhappy at not having been invited to her first party, held at the Caledonian Hotel earlier this month.

She celebrated with family and friends at the popular family attraction on Saturday afternoon, and definitely wasn’t short of a few helpers to blow our the candles as 11 of the dozen great-grandchildren were there, the youngest just eight weeks old.

“I had a party just for adults on December 7 but all of the children were disappointed that they couldn’t go,” said Agnes, who also has two great-great-grandchildren. “So I promised them Gran would take them to Action Zone, because they love it there and we go quite a lot.”

As well as the birthday celebrations, the children were also treated to a visit from Santa Claus and a gift each, before presenting Agnes with her birthday cake.

“It was really great,” said Agnes, who used to work as a clerkess at Carberry House. “The staff at Action Zone did us proud and I think this was their first ever 80th birthday party!”

Christie Templeman, Agnes’ granddaughter, said the party was great fun.

“I really enjoyed seeing all the children having such fun and my Gran was so contented watching them all playing.

“The staff at Action Zone made it so special.”

Thanks to the generosity of family, friends and neighbours who have donated instead of giving gifts, Agnes has collected over £500 for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland.