Birthday is icing on the cake for John

John Pearson is joined by family as he celebrates his 100th birthday. Photo: Bekka Clements
John Pearson is joined by family as he celebrates his 100th birthday. Photo: Bekka Clements

Staff at Greggs in Bonnyrigg have helped local man John Pearson celebrate his 100th birthday with a special cake made just for the occasion.

John has lived in Bonnyrigg for the last 20 years, so it was only fitting that his 100th birthday was celebrated at the Pitcairn Centre in the heart of the town.

Greggs provided the birthday cake free of charge, in honour of John’s milestone birthday.

Whilst raising his two daughters, John worked for Brown Brothers as a marine engineer anAd was presented with a British Empire Medal for services to the industry upon retirement. Still an active part of the community, John continues to play bowls every week. He has two daughters, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Myra Whailin, one of Mr Pearson’s daughters, said: “Dad didn’t want a lot of fuss but we couldn’t let such a special birthday pass without the recognition he deserves. He’s done a lot over the years for the family, which we are all so grateful for.”

Christine Steel, shop manager of Greggs Bonnyrigg said: “We were more than happy to make a delicious celebration cake for Mr Pearson and to play a part in his special day. We hope John and his family enjoyed it!”

Mr Pearson celebrated his birthday last Friday, surrounded by his bowling friends, the day before reaching 100 years old on Saturday were he celebrated with family.