Centenary birthday draws a big crowd

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Mrs Helen Chalmers celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family on Monday at Condor Court, Carnoustie.

Despite her mature years Mrs Chalmers stood and greeted every guest as they were warmly welcomed to the event.

She was surrounded by friends, neighbours, local dignatories and five generations of family including her four survivng children Marjorie, Robert, Bette and George.

Born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire Mrs Chalmers was from hard working farming stock. She had a long working life but moved into the warm embrace of Condor Court, Carnoustie 26 years ago.

“I have enjoyed every minute of it, everybody is very social,” said Mrs Chalmers. “Today I am overwhelmed, everybody has been so kind and so thoughtful.”

Described as the leading social light at Condor Court Mrs Chalmers still enjoys a friendly game of whist three or four nights a week.

Messages were read out from Deputy Lord Lieuteneant Georgiana Osborne, Iain Duncan Smith MP and members of Angus Council as well as a touching toast by Mrs Chalmers’ son Robert.

He said: “We wouldn’t be here today without you, we love you and Happy Birthday.”

The celebrations were set to continue with an invite only evening dinner.