Lavishing well-earned praise on author Gerard and super slimmer Margaret
Author Gerard Grant’s book Recalling the Past includes tales from growing up in Airdrie and Calderbank, stories of popular local characters and a trip down memory lane to the town’s dance hall and cinemas.
The former Airdrie resident will officially launch the book at the town’s library in November, and if our Facebook readers’ response to the prospect of Gerard’s work – and the man himself – is anything to go by, then Gerard will have a real hit on his hands.
Jean MacIver said: “Looking forward to reading your book, stayed 50 years in Calderbank.”
John Proctor added: “Well done, Gerry. No doubt there will be some scouting memories in the book.”
Glenboig writer Teresa Watson passed on her well-wishes to Gerard: “Congratulations on your book, from another local author, Terry H Watson.”
Patricia Dooey posted directly to Gerard: “Grew up with you in Calderbank, same age group. I am dying to read your book, which will probably bring back lovely memories.”
Two of Gerard’s nieces were proud of their uncle’s achievement, starting with Clare Grant Lordan: “Congratulations on the book, Uncle Gerard.”
Eileen Grant added: “Well done, Uncle Gerard.”
Cat Grant commented: “Really can’t wait to see it!”
Also earning well-deserved praise from Advertiser readers was Airdrie slimmer Margaret Brand after she lost an incredible seven-and-a-half stone in 10 months to scoop the Woman of the Year honour at her local Slimming World group.
Margaret’s daughter Tracy was proud of her marvellous mum: “You’ve done great mum, well done.”
Appreciative Slimming World consultant Sharon McGinness posted: “Love it. Thank you to the Advertiser for sharing our fabulous members’ successes.”
Yvonne White Preston said: “Well done, Margaret! Nothing is impossible!”
Happy memories Gerard, pictured with wife Rena, wrote about his past in Airdrie