IN 1917, the First World War still raged on, David Lloyd George was the UK Prime Minister and King George V was on the thrown – it’s also the year Chrissie Mitchell was born.

And on Saturday, the well-kent Vale woman celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends, special guests and staff at Crosslet House Care Home, in Argyll Avenue.

Special guests on the day included West Dunbartonshire Provost William Hendrie and Deputy Lieutenant Owen Sayers.

Chrissie was one of five children and she attended Bonhill Primary School, then Vale of Leven Academy.

Her first job was working in the Turkey Red factory, which was known locally as “The Croft”, the factory was dyers and printers and although it was hard work, she enjoyed it.

She met her husband Andrew Mitchell and they were married in 1937 and had two daughters Ann and Christine, two son-in-law’s Bill and Brian, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Chrissie enjoys cooking, home baking and has many friends but sadly, Andrew, her husband, passed away in 1981.

Chrissie and her sisters had great holidays in Devon, Dorset, Yorkshire and Norfolk and she also ventured further afield, visiting Germany many times to see her daughter Christine when she lived there.

She also continued to visit Carlisle when Christine and her husband Brian moved there, while daughter Ann lives in Balloch with husband Bill.

Chrissie was a member of the Baptist church in Alexandria, she assisted with catering at the women’s meetings, and enjoyed contributing to charity events and used to knit blankets for the children in Romania.

Chrissie is famous for having a great memory and up to recently was able to list everybody who lived in her street in Bonhill.

She moved into Dalreoch in 2011 but has been in the care of staff at Crosslet House since June and enjoys reminiscing about old times.