Margaret returns to her old beat

Margaret Kleege and her grandchildren during their visit to Bellshill with PC garry Cook.
Margaret Kleege and her grandchildren during their visit to Bellshill with PC garry Cook.

The police in Bellshill welcomed a surprise visitor to the station last week, although she revealed she was no stranger to the place.

Former serving officer Margaret Kleege was on holiday in Scotland from San Diego, California, where she now lives, and as her trip came to an end she decided to take her family to Bellshill to visit the office she once worked in.

Mrs Kleege served with the then Lanarkshire Burgh as a member of the auxiliary police corps in the Bellshill area from 1941-1946.

This meant she was following in the footsteps of her late father James Brown who served in the Holytown area from 1920 before retiring in 1945, and she was in fact the third generation of her family to join the force.

In 1946, Mrs Kleege joined the United Nations relief and rehabilitation administration department in Germany, where she remained for six years providing logistical and welfare care to the thousands of displaced persons who had been made homeless as a result of World War Two.

Mrs Kleege was born and raised in the area and was a former student of Bellshill Academy. She and her family were given a tour of the office by PC Garry Cook, which brought back great memories for her.

PC Cook said “It was a great pleasure speaking to someone who served with us, learning a little about the history of our office and local community.

“Mrs Kleege had a father and grandfather who were both serving officers.

“It made me feel humble that she took the time out from her trip to come along and see us and that she is still proud to have served as a police officer.”