GARELOCHHEAD Primary has marked the end of an era following the departure of one of its long-serving members of staff.

Lesley Forde recently retired from the school after 27 years of involvement across various roles, including supporting pupils in the classroom, before becoming the school’s clerical assistant.

An assembly was held at the school, at which Lesley was presented with a card and book, containing a contribution from every child in the school. The school’s parent council presented her with a gift, recognising her many years of service and significant contribution to the life of the school.

Paying tribute to her retiring staff member, Maria Mcarthur, headteacher of Garelochhead Primary, told the Advertiser: “Lesley has been loved by her colleagues here at Garelochhead Primary School.

“Lesley knew all the families and has been part of the fabric of Garelochhead Primary for so many years.

“From dealing with pupils, staff or members of the public, Lesley always worked with a smile and listened to everyone. She was willing to support people in any way she could – and she was never afraid to keep us all in order.”

During her time at Garelochhead Primary, Lesley served under four headteachers and saw generations of pupils come and go – with some returning as staff themselves.

It is understood Lesley now intends to spend more time with her family, including her three daughters and her grandchildren.

Maria added: “As one door closes for Lesley, I’m sure another door opens. We will miss her but we wish her all the very best in this next, exciting chapter of her life.”

The Advertiser offers Lesley many congratulations on her retirement.