Lichties gather for Granny Greig tidy up

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Community spirit was at the fore at the weekend after the grave of a well-known lady Lichtie was the target of a long overdue cleanup.

Annabella Greig, known affectionately as Granny Greig was a much-loved figure in the community as a writer, poet and philanthropist and on Saturday her gravesite was tidied up by a contingent from Facebook community page ‘Red Lichties Worldwide’.

Granny Greig passed away in 1974 and over the years, the site had become somewhat neglected, then in December 2015 one of her better known poems was reproduced on the Red Lichties Worldwide page prompting much reminiscing.

A photograph of the rundown grave was posted by Dave Hodson and in response local monumental sculptor Kenny Robertson restored the stone and then at the weekend Linda Jones, a Red Lichties Worldwide Administrator, from Toronto, Canada, along with other group members planted a selection of flowers at the grave.

Annabella was born in 1888, at the age of five her mother passed away and her father, James Smith, owner of the West Links Ropeworks, remarried in 1895 to schoolteacher Elizabeth Kydd.

Under her step-mother’s guidance Annabella learned French, German and qualified in pianoforte.

She went on to marry William Greig in 1921, owner of rubber and tea plantations in Malaya and Ceylon, and owner of Seaton Estate and Tarry

Widowed in 1945 Annabella was left to run of the 64 acre Seaton Estate. She had a great love for animals, often allowing her goats to travel in her car when visiting Arbroath. She gave generously to the community, donating the Victoria Park Pavilion to Arbroath Town Council in 1928.

She was known for her short stories and poems, one of which she had published as a Christmas Card, and sold with proceeds going to charity, and which was later reproduced on Facebook.

Pictured on Saturday at Granny Greig’s grave are from back left - Patti Smith, Linda and Peter Jones, May Park, George Park and Dave Hodson. Front - Ian Smith and James Hutchison.

Credit: Wallace Ferrier.