New charity challenge for Gillian

Pictured is Gillian (seated) at her retirement from Angus Council.
Pictured is Gillian (seated) at her retirement from Angus Council.

A Brechin woman is set to take the lead at charity shop now that she has returned from a spell abroad following her retirement from Angus Council.

Gillian McKnight, who lives on Airlie Street, recently took early retirement from her post within the finance division of Angus Council’s treasury team, where she had served as a senior clerical officer for 16 years.

Upon her retirement, she was presented with gifts of jewellery, bubbly, chocolates and cash from her colleagues.

After embarking on a two month stay in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, where she was visiting relatives and also having a family holiday on the Gold Coast, Gillian is now turning her attention to a local charity shop.

In April, she is set to take over coordinating the Rainbow Charity shop in the High Street from Shirley Crozier.

Gillian commented: “It will be a challenge for me but I look forward to the change.

“Shirley has been running the shop for the past seven years and she is going to be a very hard act to follow!

“Shirley and her team are preparing celebrations for the ‘Rainbow Shop’s 10th year Anniversary of Opening’ on Monday, March 10, at noon, with Lord Dalhousie, who originally opened the shop.

“The funds raised have enabled the total refurbishment of the St Andrew’s Church and Community Hall and also have helped enable St Andrew’s Church provide charitable offerings to the Aberlour Children’s Trust, Christian Aid Special Appeals, and help local people of the Brechin area.

“The shop also provides a little haven of friendship and bargains to our customers and I hope they will continue to support us in the future.”

The shop, located at 55 High Street, opened on March 1, 2004.