40 years strong for Anne
It was a busy time for Glasgow’s bookmakers that led to Anne joining Mecca (later William Hill). She explains: “One of my gran’s neighbours asked me to help out during the Glasgow Fair. In those days, all the factories closed for the holiday in July and the workers headed for the bookies to have a flutter.”
Anne had been working in hotels but enjoyed the atmosphere in the bookies and soon started full time. She says: “It was exciting and never boring. I’ve had some good colleagues over the years and great customers.”
Though she worked on Relief for many years as far as Edinburgh and Penrith, Anne has been at Meadow Park, in Glasgow’s East End for 25 years, on and off. “I get on with everybody and the shop’s got a lovely atmosphere. It’s not far away from the centre.”
Anne has now scaled back from full-time work to three days a week so that she can care for her dad, who has Parkinson’s Disease. When she has some leisure time though, she loves to get away for a weekend’s hillwalking with her son. She’s walked all over the Highlands and the Isle of Arran and has bagged a few Munros (Scottish mountains) in her time. Her favourite place is Glenelg, a small community made famous by the Gavin Maxwell novel Ring of Bright Water.
Well done Anne - what a great milestone.