Well known Milngavie woman, Anna McLaren, is going to celebrate her 90th birthday on March 2 at Ashgill Care Home with family and friends.
In poor health nowadays, with vascular dementia, Anna was amazingly fit and active during her first 80 years.
A keen lifelong hillwalker along with her husband Stewart McLaren, after his death in 1977 she joined the Ramblers Association and for nearly 30 years she was active with the Milngavie Ramblers, joining their weekly rambles and also leading some walks. Anna also gardened every day and for many years she was a member of the weekly team who collected waste paper every Thursday to raise funds for Milngavie’s Community Education centre, where her old Labour Party friend Anne Hunter worked.
Earlier, from 1957 for almost 20 years, Anna was Brown Owl to the 2nd Milngavie Brownies, ably assisted at first by Mrs Ina Drummond, and later by Janice the optician (who took over when Anna retired). One highlight of the Brownie year used to be a summer picnic in Dougalston Woods (which is now a golf-course) where many sausages were fried over a wood fire made of twigs by her ex-Scout husband Stewart. Anna’s three daughters, Beth, Mary, and Helen, were all Brownies and enjoyed the games, crafts, and activities which Anna was so good at organising. She also, along with Anne Hunter and others, organised many a Labour Party Burns Supper in Milngavie town hall and still has a volume of Burns’s poetry by her bedside.
Anna’s daughters will be at her birthday party, with some of her five grandchildren (brought up in Milngavie, Leicester, and Kintyre) along with some of her great-grandchildren (now 12 of them), aged from 3 months to 13.