Helen still feels great at 100 years of age

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ARBROATH lady Helen Caird marked her 100th birthday on Saturday and said she still feels great even though she is now a centenarian.

Mrs Caird, who was joined by her family and friends to celebrate the day, was born in Glen Isla in 1910 and worked in the domestic service industry.

She married her husband Alexander, who was a farmer’s son, in 1934 and she worked on her father-in-law’s farm milking cows, growing vegetables and planting potatoes.

And it is this type of work that Mrs Caird believes is her secret to a long life.

She explained: “I think the secret to a long life is hard work.

“I worked on a farm and would get up early every day.

“It was hard but that has what has made me healthy and strong.”

Mrs Caird and her husband lived in Brechin and Friockheim before moving to Arbroath where Mr Caird took a job as a groundsman at RM Condor.

She has three children, five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and says she enjoys spending time with her family.

Bingo is another one of her hobbies and she is also an avid Arbroath FC fan and always likes to look out of their result.

Depute Provost Peter Murphy joined Mrs Caird and her family on her special day where they enjoyed a party at the Colliston Inn.

r Pictured is Mrs Caird holding her card from the Queen. Joining her is Depute Provost Peter Murphy and her family.