100 reasons to celebrate for Helen

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MONIFIETH lady Helen Williamson celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday surrounded by her family and friends.

Mrs Williamson, who was born on April 26, 1912, held the celebration at the South Grange Care Home, where she has been a resident for the last four months.

Originally a native of Dundee, she grew up in the city and took various part-time jobs in the jute mills.

She married her husband David, although she has been a widow for the last 20 years.

The couple had a son, Brian and a daughter Joyce and Mrs Williamson now has six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In her spare time Mrs Williamson enjoys reading and doing crosswords and often listens to talking books.

She also likes to keep her mind active through general knowledge quiz shows on TV.

Mrs Williamson served as a church elder at Douglas and Angus Church and often attended meetings of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Her daughter Joyce believes the secret to her mum’s longevity is hard work, with Mrs Williamson holding down a job until the age of 75.

Joining Mrs Williamson on her special day along with her family were Depute Lord Lieutenant of Angus Frances Duncan and Depute Provost of Angus Peter Murphy.