Supermarket mark Montrose woman’s 100th birthday

Cafe manager Keith Norman and fresh food line manager Caroline Allen presented Cathy Smith (centre) with gifts to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Cafe manager Keith Norman and fresh food line manager Caroline Allen presented Cathy Smith (centre) with gifts to celebrate her 100th birthday.

An Angus centenarian was surprised with birthday gifts from the supermarket at which she shops every week.

Cathy Smith, from Montrose, has been going to Tesco every Wednesday to do her shopping and have a coffee in the cafe for the last few years.

She turned 100 on Monday, February 22, and the staff at the Tesco in Montrose wanted to do a little something to mark Mrs Smith’s milestone birthday.

They presented her with some flowers, chocolates, a cake and a card.

Mrs Smith said it was “excellent” what Tesco had done: “I didn’t expect this.”

Caroline Allen, fresh food line manager at Tesco, said: “Her daughter told us she was turning 100.

“I think that when someone reaches that age and comes out every week to do their own shopping that’s an achievement.

“It’s nice for us to hear good things about our customers and to be able to celebrate that with them.”

Mrs Smith volunteered at the Montrose Oxfam charity shop for 30 years until she was 93.

Her husband Andrew passed away in the 1970s. The couple had been together for more than 40 years.

They had five children together - Clive, Ross, Ruth, Alan and Nancy.

Mrs Smith was accompanied by daughter Nancy at Tesco, who said: “There are not many shops that give away things like this.”

Mrs Smith had a party with her family the day before her birthday at the Mercantile Golf Club and another at the Adam Centre.