A Glasgow-born woman who worked as an engineer during the Second World War has celebrated her 100th birthday this week.

Hazel MacLennan (nee Hope) was born on MacLellan Street on February 5, 1923, and grew up in the Plantation and Shieldhall areas of the city before attending Govan High School.

As the second world war broke out, she became one of the first young women to gain employment as an engineer on the factory floor at James Howden’s engineering works.

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During her time there she dealt with a range of aircrafts including Sunderland Flying Boats and fins and ailerons for Lancaster Bombers.

Looking back, she said: “It was a strange time.

“Work was tough. I worked 12-hour shifts for six years at the engineering works.

“I distinctly remember the night of the Clydebank bombing.

"I spent the night perched on top of a jig, watching terrified as German planes flew overhead.

“But we got through the hard times, like always, by sticking together and making the best of it.” 

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After the war, Hazel married Donald McLennan and the couple later settled in Paisley where they raised their two sons, Murdoch and Alex.

Reflecting on the past century, she said: “I think the most important thing in life to me has been, and remains, family.

"Raising my two sons has been my greatest joy in life, and they are both my biggest accomplishments.” 

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Hazel now resides in Malin Court Care Home in Maidens, South Ayrshire, where she was this week able to celebrate her milestone birthday surrounded by her closest friends and family.

During the festivities, she said: “I am thrilled to spend the day with my friends and family at Malin Court.

“The staff at the home always go over and above to make sure that special occasions are memorable for all of the residents.

“I am also looking forward to receiving my card from the King.

"I have such vivid memories of celebrating his birth back in 1948 so it is a very exciting time for me.” 

And when quizzed as to the secret to a long, happy life?

She replied: “There simply isn’t one.

"Just live your life and try not to fear the future.

"And always make sure you take plenty of time to stop and smell the roses along the way.”