A REMARKABLE great grandmother from Largs has beaten all the odds to reach a special birthday milestone this week.

Maud McGuire has survived a triple bypass, two strokes and two hip replacements to turn 90 - and says she will celebrate with a 'wee glass of port'.

Family will visit her at her home in Haylie House to mark the occasion tomorrow, although coronavirus restrictions mean the party won't get into full swing.

Daughter Colette explained: "Her mobility is not so great now which is why she has been at Haylie House for the past three years. She has been very well looked after, the staff have been great.

"They have always kept us well informed, and have been happy to help us mark mum's big birthday.

"There is a patio area with perspex where we are going to go and see her and wish her many happy returns."

Maud was married to husband Michael, and worked as a postal clerk, covering Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Arran.

Colette's brothers live in Largs and Ardrossan and will be able to attend the 90th celebration.

Maud's Spouse Michael was a joiner and worked in the shipyards and at Hunterston before becoming involved in housing with the local authority. He sadly passed away a few years ago.

Asked about the secret of Margaret's long life and how she has managed to bounce back her various health issues, Colette said "She always likes a wee glass of port to perk her up.

"Mum used to walk everywhere. When she lived in Ardrossan for a time she would never take the bus to go to her work, she would always walk into Saltcoats. Even always did a lot of walking.

"She is still very mentally active and has a good sense of humour."

Maud has three other children, Kevin, Linda and Peter, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Having lived in Largs for the past 20 years, Colette said: "Mum loves Largs and is very fond of the Benedictine Monastery, which is where dad's funeral took place.

"She used to regularly walk out to the marina and visit Regattas, now Scotts at Largs, at Largs Yacht Haven.

"She loves her music, particularly Frank Sinatra, Mozart and Chopin.

"Mum is a fighter and has come through a lot but has done so in good spirits. She will certainly enjoy her glass of port on her big day."