A GOUROCK wordsmith hopes to spark memories of a famous local hive of industry site with her latest poem.

Anne Green, 65, has penned a piece about the old Merino Mill in Greenock.

The pensioner spent nine years working there and says her fond memories inspired her to put pen to paper.

She said: "They were happy times.

"The work was interesting, if highly repetitive.

"There was a great sense of camaraderie."

Hundreds of people worked at the mill, which was located off Drumfrochar Road.

Ann, of Eastern View, was employed there between 1971 and 1980.

In her poem she writes: 'Just lasses, straight from your secondary education classes

'Now we want to see what you are all made of.

'Starting work in the factory on the hill

'Happy days in the Merino Mill.'

Ann's poem captures the flavour of factory life, her three months training and the three types of twisting machine she had to learn about - the 'combination, the arunco and the universal'.

She turned to writing to boost her wellbeing and since then she has penned some 150 works.

Ann said: "I've had a few dips in my health and I sought advice.

"My doctor said to find as many interests as possible, and I find that writing gives me the feelgood factor.

"I go to the writing classes at Broomhill Hub."

Ann says she enjoyed all the friendships she had at the Mill.

She added: "I hope my poem will bring back happy memories for people who worked there."