Free Limo ride for ex royal marine 100th birthday
Legend Robert McMillan, a former mechanic with the Royal Engineers and the Co-operative Motor Group, has celebrated his 100th birthday. The youngest and sole survivor of seven children of Duncan and Margaret, he celebrated his birthday in pure style by taking a chauffeur driven limo ride around Edinburgh, where he visited the haunts of his youth and other spots that hold a sentimental significance for him, including Granting Harbour. Robert was born on June 6, 1912, on Lower Granting Road, where he lived without hot water and often went to play by the harbour as a child.
He went to school in the area, but by the age of fifteen had already started working as a mechanic for the Co operative Motor Group, where he spent his entire career until he retired at the age of 65.During the Second World War, he served his country for two and a half years, serving as a mechanic for the Royal Engineers Corps in Egypt. He met his wife Agnes in 1933 and they married in 1939, he then moved to Crewe Crescent where they lived for more than 60 years.
Agnes herself was a skilled seamstress who produced school uniforms for Fetes College in Edinburgh for a period, although the two never had any children of their own. Theirs was a happy marriage that lasted 69 years, and Joan Gunn, Robert’s niece, said that the two were inseparable.“He and his wife did everything together, they toured all over Scotland – he was always very keen on his car, he took good care of it and it shone like a beacon,” she said. We think this is well deserved and wish the 100th birthday celebrations to carry on for Robert.