AN ALLOA woman on the verge of her 100th birthday finally met her granddaughter who she's named after.

Grace Glendinning was born in 1921 and will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 19.

She was treated to an early birthday present when she finally met granddaughter Samantha Parker's newborn baby Gracie Elizabeth Parker last month.

Due to the lockdowns over the past year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Samantha hasn't been able to visit her gran since before she was pregnant, so Grace missed the whole pregnancy and didn't get to meet Gracie for months.

Samantha told the Advertiser: "Gracie was born on February 24, she's three-months-old now, it's flew by so quick."

Asked if Samantha and husband Stewart were always planning to name their baby after Grace once they found out they would be having a girl, Samantha said: "Obviously, we had a few names in the pipeline but Gracie was always the favourite.

"Once we seen her, we decided she was definitely going to be called Gracie. She suited the name, it just seemed like the perfect name for her."

Samantha and Stewart kept their potential baby names a secret and so it was a surprise to the whole family when they heard the name.

"It was just me and my husband [who knew]," she continued. "Bill, my dad, had phoned her, obviously because she'll be 100 next month so she can't really hear properly."

Samantha's dad shared the name but Grace misheard and thought the name was Tracey.

She continued: "We ended up writing her a letter and sending her a photo so she was over the moon."

Samantha said it's been a tough year for her gran, with the restrictions making it harder for the family to see each other.

She said: "She's been really lonely. We're from Fife, she's in Alloa and obviously we weren't allowed to travel. We couldn't even do a garden visit with the wee one.

"As soon as the restrictions opened up we were straight through to see her.

"She never even got to see me when she was pregnant. She seen me, then the next time she seen me I had a baby."