Kelso resident John Laidlaw celebrates his 101st birthday

John Laidlaw
John Laidlaw

Friends and family of Kelso resident John Laidlaw this month gathered to celebrate his 101st birthday.

Mr Laidlaw was the subject of a feature on his life in The Southern a year ago when he reached his century.

Formerly of Springwood Bank in Kelso, Mr Laidlaw has been a resident at Queen’s House Residential Home since February this year.

To celebrate his 101st birthday, a party was held on March 15 in The Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso.

A total of 53 people attended to wish Mr Laidlaw many happy returns, including six nephews and nieces; eight great-nephews and nieces – one of whom flew in from Vancouver in Canada – and three great-great-nephews and nieces.

Also attending and giving great support were 11 members of the Kelso & District Probus Club, of which Mr Laidlaw is a past president.

A poem about Mr Laidlaw had been written by a member of Probus and read out by Veronica Saunders, the present Lady President of the Kelso Probus Club.

The party was also attended by members of Kelso North Parish Church.

Mr Laidlaw still attends Probus meetings, church services and enjoys regular Sunday lunches at The Cross Keys Hotel.