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Chrissie celebrates her 100th birthday in style despite pandemic

By Tom Ramage

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A special celebration at the care home for a special lady.
A special celebration at the care home for a special lady.

The ongoing Covid pandemic failed to put a dampener on a special birthday celebration.

The team at Grandview House Care Home in Grantown were on hand to help resident Chrissie Grant mark her 100th birthday.

“We have had a few birthday celebrations recently – and today we had a very special one,” celebrated the team at Grandview House.

They posted a wonderful family video on their website of Chrissie tucking in to her birthday cake and reading the special greetings card from The Queen – all to the dulcet tones of her son Al’s special birthday song.

“It was lovely to get a card from the Queen,” the birthday girl acknowledged after receiving her second card from Her Majesty. The first had marked her 60th wedding anniversary.

Chrissie felt 'very lucky' to have reached 100, attributing her longevity to hard work and 'a little sherry now and again'.

Born on January 9, 1921, at Ballieward, Grantown, Chrissie has lived in the strath most of her life, barring her posting to Plymouth during World War II.

“My mum is a true local,” said her proud son Allan, who now lives in Australia but keeps up-to-date via FaceTime.

“In every sense she was very much at home for her 100th. The Grandview staff organised a wonderful birthday party for her.”

In their long, local history, the Grant family owned Grants Drapery at 76 High Street and Grants Service Station, originally on the High Street and subsequently in Spey Avenue.

They lived at Dreggie View, 78 High Street and Meadow View, Skye of Curr, Dulnain Bridge.

It was a special day not just for Chrissie and her family, but for everyone at the home, who soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed the music and songs laid on for the golden girl.

The staff at Grandview were even able to celebrating a milestone of their own.

“We have reached the milestone of 1000 page likes. Thank you to each and every one of you, we love you all,” they posted on social media.

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