A GROUP of retired NHS staff in Clydebank have been praised by a member of the public for their efforts to combat lockdown isolation by having open-air park picnics.

Under current lockdown rules such activities are no longer allowed - but at the time this picture was taken, the group was meeting up to go for a walk in Bowling before enjoying an al fresco lunch, in line with rules which enabled up to six people from up to two households to meet.

One passer-by contacted the Post to share what happened when he met the group after driving past. He said: “My wife looked out the [car] window and saw a small group of people sitting at a picnic table in the small park. I immediately turned around as we knew we had to speak with them.

“I asked if it would be okay to take a picture as it was unusual but at the same time lovely seeing them sitting having lunch at this time of the year outside.

“After learning they were retired staff, I thought what a wonderful example to us all. They made a lovely end of a very difficult year for everyone. It is so inspiring. It truly is a lovely way to end a terrible year.”

The group told the passer-by that they decided to meet every week and walk for exercise to help with their mental health.