Falkirk woman does the slosh at her 100th party

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When 100-year-old Annie Barker was asked to stand up at her birthday party to have her photo taken for the local paper, she stayed up and danced the Slosh.

Energetic Annie, from Falkirk, enjoyed a party at The Cladhan Hotel on Saturday to celebrate the milestone birthday surrounded by family and friends.

And she also entertained the company by singing one of her favourite songs, ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’

Born Annie McEwan on May 18, 1913, Annie spent her early years in Denny, raised with a brother and sister.

As a young woman, she worked in service in Dumbarton and Kirkintilloch before marrying James Barker, a fitter with the Carron Company.

The couple lived in Denny, Maddiston and Bainsford, and had two sons Ronald (75) and Jim (70) who now lives in London.

Annie, who still lives on her own, now has five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

She’s still a keen reader, being well versed in history, enjoys a game of bingo, but gave up keep fit at the age of 90.

Annie said: “I can’t believe how generous people have been. I got 97 cards, and beautiful bouquets of flowers. I was overwhelmed.”