LOVING LIFE: Family gather round to help centenarian Madge mark her milestone

Marjory Drummond, a charming lady who remembers well when the mills of Dundee were one of the busiest industries in Scotland, has celebrated her 100th birthday.

One of six children, Madge had two older brothers and three younger sisters and was born and brought up at 90 Albert Street.

She started her working life as a girl at Laing’s before going on to work as a spinner in many of the big-name mills such as Baxter’s and The Eagle.

She married Forrest “Kilt” Alexander when she was 21 and the couple lived at Lilybank Road, where they had three of a family — Forrest, Tom and Maureen — before moving to Linlathen.

Forrest senior worked in the shipyard during the Second World War and joined NCR in the mid-1950s.

Sadly, he died at the age of 59 in 1974 from cancer, and the same fate later befell Forrest junior, also at the age of 59.

A young Marjory.

Tom, now 72, was a motor mechanic to trade and worked in Timex and Kestrel during his career, while Maureen also worked at Timex and is now 70. Madge married again in 1987, to Gavin Drummond, but he died in an accident just a few years later.

Her life, however, has been full of joy through seeing her children, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren – aged between four and 24 – grow.

Madge moved to Menzieshill in 1975 and only moved to Harestane Care Home a few months ago — a place she likes. “It’s great, they really look after me,” she said.

The family celebrated Madge’s big day with a gathering at Caird Park Golf Club.

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