A BELOVED head teacher has retired from a Whitecrook primary school after serving almost two decades in the role.

Margaret Reilly has run Our Holy Redeemer Primary since May 2000 and was honoured with a special mass at St Margaret's on her last day on Wednesday, June 28.

The teacher - who started began her career in 1976 - admitted there were tears, but they were happy-sad tears as she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her life.

However, she said she had no specific plans at this stage but might consider taking on new volunteer opportunities within the next few months while spending more time with her three grandchildren.

Margaret told the Post: “It’s been a great privilege. I’m not a Bankie but I have learned so much about the loyalty and the great attachment people have to their community.

"They have supported the school and supported me. It’s been an amazing experience.

“I will remember the inspirational children, the parents who live their children, outstanding staff who give 120 per cent.

"It’s been an honour to work in OHR and for the people of Whitecrook and Clydebank. Salt of the earth.”

Margaret has been a staple of the East Barnes Street institution since joining the team there 17 years ago and many, included former pupil and Post photographer Robert Wilson, are sad to see her go.

Robert said: "She was someone who helped me to push forward to achieve more even at such a young age."

West Dunbartonshire Council thanked the loved teacher for her service to the school and greater Whitecrook area throughout the years.

A spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank Margaret for her dedicated service to the school and community.

"She has taught hundreds of children over the years and will be missed by pupils, parents, and colleagues.”