Birthday knees-up for Maureen

Maureen McDougall is pictured with Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor at her 75th birthday party with a difference.
Maureen McDougall is pictured with Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor at her 75th birthday party with a difference.

DANCING pensioner Maureen McDougall was determined to have a good knees-up on her birthday.

And she was not disappointed as her big bash proved a hit, with its theme of song, music and, of course, dance.

But it was strictly no presents allowed, as the sprightly 75-year-old, who loves line, circle, ceilidh and zumba dancing, asked that instead of giving her gifts friends made donations to charity.

So far more than £500 has been collected for Macmillan Cancer Support and the RVI Baby Unit.

The party, which was attended by Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor and Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Jones, was held at the Riverside Lodge in High Stanners, Morpeth, with 150 guests.

There was music by the St George’s Ceilidh Band, and in keeping with Mrs McDougall’s Irish heritage, there was an energetic dance display from Wallsend-based Clann na Ngael.

Mrs McDougall said: “I had a wonderful evening surrounded by friends and family and am grateful to everyone for their kind wishes.”