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Eve McLaren who lives at Condor Court Carnoustie celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday. Two of her special visitors at her party were Dr Sandy McKendrick depute lieutenant of Angus and depute Angus Provost Alex King, also pictured is Eve's daughter Angela.
Eve McLaren who lives at Condor Court Carnoustie celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday. Two of her special visitors at her party were Dr Sandy McKendrick depute lieutenant of Angus and depute Angus Provost Alex King, also pictured is Eve's daughter Angela.

A 100th birthday party was held at Condor Court, Carnoustie, on Thursday.

Guest of honour was Mrs Eve McLaren who was born at Anfield Plain, County Durham, on April 25, 1913.

She went to school there and worked as a florist before serving with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

Eve has always been good with her hands and until just a couple of years ago she continued with crafts. She was also an enthusiastic baker.

She met her husband to be, Robert McLaren, when he was in County Durham on holiday. The couple were married in Edinburgh and lived in Ormiston, a village in East Lothian. Mr McLaren was a miner before becoming a gardener and died in 1989.

While living in Ormiston, Mrs McLaren worked in a clothing factory and a chocolate factory, both in Edinburgh. She remained in the village for over 60 years before moving north to Carnoustie to be near her only daughter, Angela Skelly, who lives in Newbigging.

There is one grandson, Graeme and a great-grandson, two-year-old Max.

At the party, Depute Lieutenant Dr Sandy McKendrick, presented Mrs McLaren with a bouquet and a card from the Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne, and Depute Provost Alex King handed over a present of a knee blanket and a card on behalf of Angus Council.

Guests at the event included cousins and friends from Edinburgh, East Lothian and Condor Court.

Mrs McLaren attributes her long life to “good living”.