Feeding the masses has been the task of Bellshill woman Betty Harper who has been a popular figure in Greggs in Bellshill for 42 years.
Now Betty, who lives at Airlie Drive in the town, is retiring from the shop in Hamilton Road. Her colleagues have taken the opportunity to honour her work record as they say a fond farewell.
When Betty went into the shop last week, she found the place decorated with balloons and streamers and photographs from the past. She was a guest at a lunch with Greggs management and she is looking forward to a night out with her colleagues to round off her retirement events.
Betty was widowed over three years ago and found that going on with her work was a great help and everyone was so helpful and kind, she said.
She used to enjoy activities such as walking, swimming and water aerobics but these fell by the wayside following her bereavement. She intends to make a new start and will resume these in her retirement. And she intends to get a wee dog to keep her company on the walks!
But the most important aspect of retirement will be spending more time with her three grandchildren. Her six-year-old granddaughter Mirin lives in Paisley and Betty sees her most weekends and at other times during school holidays. These visits will be increased. Her granddaughter Anwyn has just finished exams and she can see her readily as she lives in Bellshill. Her eldest granddaughter Gemma (24) has followed in her grandmother’s footsteps by joining the staff of Gregg’s and she is now assistant manager at the Viewpark shop.
Betty is also close to her two sisters and all three will be on the way to Lanzarote in September for a holiday which will kick off Betty’s planned life of leisure and enjoyment.
Regular customers have become friends and there has been a steady stream of well-wishers into the shop.