Mattie marks 100th
A woman who grew up in Rutherglen had 100 reasons to celebrate last week.
Retired shopkeeper Mattie King was surrounded by family and friends at her 100th birthday party at Whitehills Care Home in East Kilbride.
Great-gran Mattie, real name Martha, grew up in Rutherglen with her twin brother Gavin and parents Mary and James Irvine.
After leaving school at 14 she landed a job at Twomax factory, the Old Cotton Mill in the Gorbals, where she met her husband John King.
The pair married in secret on August 16, 1940, after John signed up for the army, serving in World War II, and welcomed son John in 1942. Daughter Hilarie, born in 1948, went on to teach.
When John was discharged the couple moved back to Glasgow, where they opened their first shop in Oatlands.
After buying a second shop they moved to Burnside before settling in East Kilbride in 1954.
The couple suffered the loss of architect son John in 1972 but have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mattie’s birthday celebrations were attended by more than 30 relatives and friends along with South Lanarkshire provost Ian McAllan and deputy lord lieutenant Janet Low.
Centenary Mattie with daughter Hilarie Howarth