A century of memories for Granny Mary

John Bruce from Burntisland Community Council presents a card to Mrs Thain, with Priscilla Davidson and Caroline Paylor from the Salvation Army, and Mrs Thain's family - great grand-daughter Ruby, grand-daughter Joanne, and daughters Una, Anne and Linda.
John Bruce from Burntisland Community Council presents a card to Mrs Thain, with Priscilla Davidson and Caroline Paylor from the Salvation Army, and Mrs Thain's family - great grand-daughter Ruby, grand-daughter Joanne, and daughters Una, Anne and Linda.
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When Mary Thain, aka Granny Mary, was born 100 years ago, Herbert Henry Asquith was Prime Minister and the first colour film had just been shown in London.

The outbreak of the First World War was only a few months away, but Mrs Thain, widely known as Mrs Blake (her first married name), remembered little of it, although the Second World War and its rationing is something she clearly recalls.

Mrs Thain with her card

Mrs Thain with her card

This weekend she will celebrate her 100th birthday at a party in the Toll Centre, with family and friends from all over the world, including her seven surviving children, 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren, with another on the way.

And at her weekly lunch club meeting in the Salvation Army hall yesterday (Wednesday), she was treated to a special celebration at which John Bruce from Burntisland Community Council, presented her with a birthday card signed by its members.

Mrs Thain was born in Windygates and moved to Kinghorn when she was seven. She was married twice, the second time aged 60, when she gained a step-daughter.

She has lived in Burntisland since 1936, and until a year ago, when her daughter Anne Clamp started staying overnight, she lived completely independently.

She has worked in many different jobs including cleaning, clerical and chambermaid, and only retired when she was well into her late 70s.

“Mum has worked hard all her life and still enjoys going on her annual holiday,” said Anne.