Doris: I don’t know how I reached 100

Doris Dryland celebrates her 100th birthday at her home in Grangemouth
Doris Dryland celebrates her 100th birthday at her home in Grangemouth

A great grandmother from Grangemouth celebrated her 100th birthday last week and admitted she does not know why she has lived so long.

Doris Dryland marked her big milestone at her home in Portal Road last Thursday and then enjoyed a meal out at the weekend.

The centenarian, who received her letter and telegram from HM Queen Elizabeth, said there was no secret to her longevity.

“I really don’t know. I’ve had one or two illnesses in my life but that’s been all. I’ve had ups and downs but it’s been a good life and I’ve been fit for most of it.”

Doris now keeps herself busy doing word searches, reading the newspapers, watching the television and getting outside when the weather is good.

The mother of six also admitted she did not know the exact number of grandchildren and great grandchildren she actually has because a lot of them live down in England, where she was born a century ago.

Raised in Preston, Doris moved up to Scotland in 1936 when she marred Alfred Dryland and the couple lived in Doune for a number of years.

“I’ve been in a few places in my time,” said Doris, who worked as a housekeeper and in clothing factories while looking after her family – three boys and three girls, who went on to have large families of their own.

Doris laughed: “We just lost count of the number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

Alfred sadly died 20 years ago and Doris eventually moved to her current home in Grangemouth three years ago.

Members of her family, who are spread throughout the UK, gathered together in the town last week to be with their mum, gran and great gran on her special day.