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Pictures: Supergran prepares for take off

Mrs Scott still drives and has just bought a new car Credit: ITV News Border

Mrs Scott's son Dougie arranged the helicopter flight through a family friend, and pilot Murray Grierson from Dumfries was only more than happy to help:

"Mrs Scott will certainly be the oldest passenger I have ever taken on a pleasure flight. I hear she's quite a character though. I'm sure she will love it."

Neighbours in Carsethorn watch as the helicopter comes in to land Credit: ITV News Border
The helicopter coming in to land Credit: ITV News Border
The pilot, Murray Grierson from Dumfries, walks Mrs Scott to the helicopter Credit: ITV News Border
No going back now as the pilot straps supergran in Credit: ITV News Border

Dougie decided to join his mum in the passenger seat.

Margaret's son Dougie decides to join her Credit: ITV News Border

98-year-old celebrates birthday with a helicopter flight

Great-grandmother Margaret Scott Credit: ITV News Border

Margaret Scott is celebrating her 98th birthday in a very unique way this year- by taking a ride in a helicopter.

The great-grandmother from Carsethorn, near Dumfries, has only been in an aircraft once before, and that was on a three seater plane on a family holiday to Whitley Bay in 1935.

Mrs Scott, known locally as "wee granny", lives independently in her own house and still frequently drives.

She recently bought herself a new car and said she was "upset" that it only came with a three year warranty.

She has always wanted to take a helicopter flight and her son Dougie managed to arrange it for her special birthday.


Mountain biker with serious injuries airlifted from forest

A rescue helicopter collected a seriously injured mountain biker after he fell off his bike on the Dalbeattie Forest Trail yesterday - one of the 7stanes mountain biking centres in the Borders. The man who is in his forties sustained head, back and possible spinal injuries.

Due to the remoteness of the site, the ambulance was unable to reach him. Instead he was airlifted by a Royal Navy Helicopter to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Dramatic rescue pictures

A rescue helicopter had to be brought in to pull a badly injured mountain biker to safety.

The 40-year-old man, from Wales, was in a group of three on the Dalbeattie Forest mountain bike trail, one of the 7stanes centres in South Scotland.

He suffered head and back and possible spinal injuries. Two friends alerted the emergency services using their mobile phones.

Because of the remoteness of the accident in the forest, the ambulance was unable to get to the scene.

A Royal Navy Sea King Rescue helicopter was scrambled from HMS Gannet and the man was airlifted to Dumfries and GallowayRoyal Infirmary.

The man was strapped to a spinal board Credit: Drew Geddes
The man being rescued Credit: Drew Geddes
The helicopter crew wait for the casualty Credit: Drew Geddes
The man is winched into the helicopter Credit: Drew Geddes