Centenarian’s delight over Cornet’s visit

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THE Cornet’s Party added an extra venue to their homes visits last Tuesday and travelled to Jedburgh to surprise a Teri celebrating her 100th birthday.

Mrs Janet Patterson was a Hawick Common-Riding baby, born in the town in 1911 – and last week she was the toast of the Big Eight when they paid her a special visit at the end of their day around Hawick’s homes.

Hawick Cornet Michael Davidson said: “Meeting Mrs Patterson, who had turned 100, was great. The look on her face when we came through the door said it all. She was delighted to see us and I think it probably made her birthday.”

A former hosiery machinist in Hawick, Janet married her husband Alexander in 1933 and the couple moved to Jedburgh, where Alexander worked as a textile designer in Boyd’s Mill.

Now living in Milfield Gardens residential care home in Jedburgh, Mrs Patterson was also surrounded by family last week to celebrate her special milestone – with son Alistair, his wife Jean and daughter Colleen having arrived from Surrey, as well as her other granddaughter Maria from South Africa.

Mrs Patterson says the only secret to living to 100 years old is to “lead an ordinary life”, and the centenarian neither drinks nor smokes, and takes an active interest in what is going on around her.

Her son Alistair added: “She’s absolutely marvellous.”