Up close and personal

People who matter to me

My husband Frank and I have been together since 1981. 

We have two wonderful sons – Alan and Paul – who are intelligent, caring and sensitive young men passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion.

I am the daughter of Betty and Billy, whose lives were dedicated to their five kids.

My mum was a cleaner and my dad was a telephone fitter most of his life. Although they are no longer with us, their legacy lives on through their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

My three sisters – Liz, Lorraine and Wilma – still live in East Kilbride near me. My brother, Willie, lives with his family in Blackburn in Lancashire.

I am the eldest, my brother is the youngest and there are six years between us. My mum and dad had five kids by the age of 27!

The picture below was taken when I was 11 years old at Heathery Knowe Primary School. I’m the glaikit one in the bottom left of the photo!

You can tell by our ragged fringes that haircuts were administered by our parents!





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