Landmark birthday celebration for Ina

20140213- Ina Morton 100th Birthday. 
Ina Morton celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and

20140213- Ina Morton 100th Birthday. Ina Morton celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and "Royalty" at Forfar Disabled Club. Pictured are left to right are Ina Morton, club chairperson Ida Carnegie and royal visitor Winnie Brown from Forfar Dramatics Society. No Use Without Payment. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.

Well-known local woman Ina Morton celebrated a very special birthday on February 12 when she turned 100 years old.

And she credits “hard work” as the secret to living a long and happy life.

Born in Inverarity in 1914, Ina spent her school years at Inverarity School before going into private service in the local area, including Broughty Ferry.

In in 1940 she married her husband Allan and they had one son, also Alan, who was born in 1947.

After her time in service Ina began working at the Royal Hotel in Forfar for Maurice Yeman, where she worked her way up the ranks to become head waitress.

She worked there for 40 years, retiring when she reached 70 years of age.

Speaking of her time at the Royal Hotel, Ina said: “It was hard work.

“Sometimes we would finish at 12 at night or two in the morning and then we would start again early the next morning.

“I had a great life working there and I was very happy. I worked with some great folk.”

Ina also fondly remembers the many local clubs and associations that she worked with at the Royal Hotel over the years such as the Rotary, the Inner Wheel and the Round Table.

She also once served the Queen in her time at the Royal - just one of the many highlights of her long career.

Since retiring from the Royal Hotel, Ina has spent her time “galavanting about” and enjoying coffee mornings, spending time at Age Concern in Kirriemuir and going to the bingo.

To celebrate her big day Ina spent time with her friends and family at her home in Forfar.

Then the following evening she was met with a big surprise party at the Forfar Disabled Club premises where dozens of well-wishers gathered to wish her a happy birthday - including Winnie Brown of the Forfar Dramatic Society who dressed as the Queen.

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