CENTENARIAN Jean McKie celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday with a greeting from Her Majesty the Queen and an impromptu social distancing garden party at her Canonbie home.
Piper Jock Irving played a medley of Scottish tunes, and Jean’s cousin Tom Stothart of Langholm presented her with a birthday cake baked by Gaye Graham, also of Langholm.
Neighbours sang Happy Birthday and wished her well on a very special day in these strangest of times.
She was born Jean Stoddart in Canonbie where she grew up. During World War Two she served with the ATS, like the Princess Elizabeth, from 1943 to 1945.
She and her husband, Jim, were married in Canonbie church on May 7, 1947 and held a reception in the Eskdale Hotel, Langholm.
Jim had served as ground crew with the RAF during the war and, afterwards, went into farming.
Jean’s nephew, Colin, whose father was Jim’s brother, Robert, said the couple lived in Carlisle for 20 years while Jim worked as caretaker, later head caretaker, at the technical college.
When he retired in 1986, they moved back to Canonbie. Jim sadly died in 1999.