HUNDREDS of well-wishers, care home staff, a brass band and the provost all helped mark a special milestone as Clackmannanshire's Margaret Condie turned 100.

The Tillicoultry centenarian, who grew up in Menstrie and is a resident at Beechwood Park Care Home in Sauchie, marked the occasion with family and visitors on January 31.

From Myreton Cottage, her childhood home, to the care home's Myreton Unit, Margaret has been a faithful wife to late husband Peter, a dutiful worker in the paper mills and in a hospital, as well as a loving mother, gran and great-grandmother.

Her birthday party went ahead at the care home with family and staff, Clackmannan Brass Band, nursery school children, Provost Donald Balsillie and deputy lieutenant John MacPherson all in attendance to mark the occasion.

Granddaughter Fiona Condie said: “She's a very loving and caring grandmother, she loved going to the bingo and she loved her knitting.

“She worked in the paper mill in Tillicoultry for years and then she went to work at Sauchie hospital, ended up in the laundry there for years until she retired.

“She worked hard all her life, right up to when she was 65.”

Mother to Carol and Malcolm, Margaret has two grandchildren in Fiona and Michael as well as a great-granddaughter in Zara.

She was a faithful wife to Peter, a bricklayer, for many decades until he passed away 39 years ago.

Margaret grew up in Menstrie at a busy Myreton Cottage as a daughter of a shepherd and had five siblings.

Speaking of the birthday celebration at Beechwood Park, granddaughter Fiona said: “She had a fantastic time – I couldn't thank the staff enough, they made her day so special.”

Born in 1923, Margaret also served in the Women's Royal Naval Service, popularly known as the Wrens, supporting telecommunications.

In the lead up to her big birthday, staff at the care home asked the community to wish her well with cards, aiming to net as many as 100.

Fiona thanked the staff and community for the response, saying they ended up with some 200 or 300 instead, along with flowers and other gifts.

Fiona added: “She worked hard all her days and enjoys her retirement.

“She gets very good care at Beechwood, a big thank you to all the staff and all the people that handed in cards.”

At the party, Margaret enjoyed cake – paying tribute to her love with bingo – a buffet and more, prepared by Beechwood chefs Ian and Margaret.