STAFF, children and parents packed into a Greenock nursery to celebrate the retirement of a 'much-loved' member of staff.

Betty Muirhead retired from Blairmore Nursery after 21 years and the children showered her with flowers, gifts and cakes to show how much she meant to them all.

The 65-year-old says she will miss her colleagues and all of the kids.

She told the Tele: “I have loved every minute of my time here.

"It has been really enjoyable.

“I enjoy working with the children, they have kept me on my toes.

"I will miss them, the parents and the staff.”

Betty is looking forward to having time to relax but says she won't be a stranger to Blairmore and plans to stop by regularly to visit.

She said: “I will still come in for a visit and a cup of tea when I can because I will really miss everyone.

“I can’t thank them enough for all their gifts and well wishes.

"I wasn’t expecting it and they have made me feel really special.”

Head teacher Marie Crawford wished Betty well.

She said: “Betty is a big part of the nursery.

“The parents, children and staff all love her and it shows, because she has been spoiled with gifts from people keen to show their appreciation for all she has done.

“I want to thank her for all her support and hard work over the years.

"We really appreciate everything she has done and we all wish her well in her retirement.”