3 June 2020
A Moray care home resident has celebrated her 100th birthday with a virtual party with loved ones.
Margaret – better known as Peggy – McConnachie is a resident at Speyside Care Home in Aberlour, closed to visitors because of the lockdown. But that didn’t stop Peggy celebrating her big occasion as she Facetimed relatives and waved to those who gathered in the care home garden to cheer her through the window.
She was also delighted to receive a congratulatory message from Her Majesty The Queen.
Peggy was born and brought up at 44 High Street, Rothes, before moving to Glasgow to study nursing. Due to family illness she returned home to be with her mother, who was blind, and her grandparents.
In December 1940, she married Jock McConnachie who was on leave from the Gordon Highlanders. After the war they moved to Allardyce Crescent in Aberlour where they lived throughout their married life and had twin daughters.
She and Jock enjoyed many holidays at home and abroad. They visited Italy – where Jock had been a prisoner of war – on a number of occasions to remember the fallen.
Peggy had several jobs over the years and worked at Walkers until she retired. She loves music and enjoys playing her piano and electric organ.
Her pride and joy are her six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Jock sadly died 16 years ago and Peggy continued living in her own home until she moved into Speyside Care Home two years ago.
Louise Queen, manager at Speyside, said: “Peggy had a lovely party and was delighted to see so many of her family, albeit virtually or from a distance. She has been overwhelmed by the many wonderful birthday messages she has received from family and friends and, of course, Her Majesty The Queen.”