Granny Greig is not for­got­ten as grave­stone given spruce-up

Com­mu­nity: Memo­rial to the much-loved Ar­broath fig­ure who died in 1974

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - GRAEME STRACHAN gstra­chan@the­courier.co.uk

She was usu­ally seen pro­pel­ling her­self in a car at 10-15mph up the middle of the street, where there was less chance of strik­ing pedes­tri­ans – some­times with a goat in the back seat.

Annabella Greig might not have been “much of a driver” but she loved peo­ple and an­i­mals and gave gen­er­ously to the com­mu­nity of Ar­broath dur­ing her life­time which is some­thing that has never been for­got­ten.

Af­fec­tion­ately known in the town as “Granny Greig”, Mrs Greig’s grave has again been given a spruce-up ahead of Christmas fol­low­ing a com­mu­nity cam­paign to clean and re­store her ne­glected grave­stone a few years ago.

Ar­broath man Ge­orge Park said: “A cou­ple of years ago, a fel­low Red Lichtie, Dave Hod­son, and I found our­selves do­ing some par­al­lel re­search on Annabella Greig. Dave put a photo of her head­stone on the Red Lichtie Face­book page. A com­ment was made that it was a shame the grave was so ne­glected. Ralph Coutts en­listed the help of Kenny Robert­son, a mon­u­men­tal sculp­tor, and they re­stored the stone.

“A group of Red Lichties then met at the grave and did some plant­ing.

“Since then, if I hap­pen to be in the area, I just give it a wee freshen-up.”

Mrs Greig, who do­nated the Vic­to­ria Park pav­il­ion to Ar­broath Town Coun­cil in 1928, was known also for her sto­ries and poetry. She died in 1974 aged 86.

The Vic­to­ria Park pav­il­ion that Annabella gifted to the town.

Her fresh­ened-up stone.

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