At Muirton House Care Home in Blairgowrie, we love to help our residents celebrate special moments in their lives. 

The visiting restrictions that we have all learned to live with during the Covid-19 pandemic mean that our residents’ relatives are not able to join them in the home at present. Although this is to safeguard the health and safety of our teams, it is most difficult on special days such as birthdays.

That is why we were even more determined to ensure that Muirton House resident Margaret McGregor felt like royalty on her 100th birthday. Marking a centenary requires something a bit special, and while Margaret thoroughly enjoyed her socially distanced birthday party with her fellow residents and the Muirton House team, it was the Scottish fanfare that really set it off.

Surrounded by 100th birthday balloons, her presents, and cards, Margaret was serenaded by two bagpipers outside in the garden.

“A Wonderful Character With Fascinating Stories to Tell”

Margaret, a resident of Muirton House Care Home for the past two years, was born in Wimbledon in 1920. At the beginning of WWII, she worked as a clerk fo the Co-Op and had to walk over five miles a day on her commute. This meant navigating through streets of bombed-out buildings destroyed by the Blitz, always wondering if her family home would still be standing on her return.

Margaret joined the Auxilary Territorial Service in October 1942. In the service, she was trained to track enemy aircraft using radar and was billeted at many army bases around the UK. It was during her time in the ATS that Margaret met her husband. He was serving in the Royal Navy, and after the war, the couple returned to Glasgow, his home city, where they settled down and started a family.

A Celebration Fit For Royalty

In the run-up to her birthday celebration, friends and family sent Margaret cards and gifts for the team to present to her on the big day. In addition, one extra special item arrived in the post with a royal stamp. Margaret was over the moon to receive a card from Her Majesty the Queen!

Margaret said: “I had a wonderful day and was made to feel very special by the staff.”

Catherine Russell, home manager at Muirton House, added: “Margaret is a wonderful character, with fascinating stories to tell about her life during the war.

“Although her birthday party wasn’t what she is used to, I hope she had a lovely day nonetheless and we will make up for it when we can welcome her family to the home again.”


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