Pensioner is a time traveller...

Lenzie.  Alice MacKenzie researching history of Lenzie 6.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Lenzie. Alice MacKenzie researching history of Lenzie 6.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

FORGET Doctor Who, a retired librarian is travelling back in time to research her local community.

Alice Mackenzie is looking at the development of Lenzie in the 20th century.

The former chief librarian for Strathkelvin has lived in Garngaber Avenue for 50 years and her family connections with the area span five generations.

Alice (83) said: “I’ve always had an interest in local history and in the past year or so I decided to do some research.

“Lenzie is going to change so much with the Woodilee development of hundreds of new homes, so I thought now would be a good time to highlight the growth of the area.

“One of the main developments has been the housing, from the big houses to the bungalows along Kirkintilloch Road.

“The railway station saw Lenzie become a commuter community and even today most people commute from the area to their work.”

Alice is involved in local groups including Lenzie Probus Club, the Soroptimist International of Kirkintilloch and District, and is an elder of Lenzie Union Church.

When she completes her research she hopes it will be made available in the local library and she is also hoping to start a local history society in Lenzie.

Alice is keen to find out the names of officers and leaders in these photos of 1st Lenzie Girl Guide Company, which was started in 1920.

The Lenzie Girl Guide Company is pictured during a march in the early 1920s near to Lenzie Union Church. Do you know what the event was? Contact the Herald on 0141 775 0040.

WINDOW ON THE PAST: Alice looks over some old photos of Lenzie.