Jean celebrates 100th birthday with two cakes!

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Jean MacFarlane celebrated her 100th birthday in Oban care home, North Argyll House, on November 3.

Born in Kilchrenan, on the same day as Hollywood actor Charles Bronson, Jean MacNiven went to school in Cladich and later joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) after the outbreak of the Second World War.

Jean MacFarlane in the uniform of the WAAF, or Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, during the Second World War.

When the war was won, Jean worked in the Ardbrecknish Hotel by Loch Awe, where she met her husband Donald MacFarlane, and they married in 1949.

The couple moved to Kilmore cottages when they were built, and stayed there for many happy years of her life, having two daughters, Sheena and Margaret, and later grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren.

Jean now has three generations of grandchildren.

Jean’s five generation family couldn’t celebrate in the room with her on her 100th birthday due to lockdown, but some could stand outside by the window – and Margaret was allowed inside to sing her a happy birthday. Jean also received her 100th birthday card from The Queen.

More family members got in the following week with another cake, Margaret said, adding: ‘With two birthday cakes she was very happy.’