MOTHER’S DAY: Dundee woman has ‘so many happy memories’ a year after her mum died

Meg Durrand

The approach of Mother’s Day this year brings back mixed emotions for Meg Durrand.

It will be almost one year to the day that her mother Peggy McKay passed away, days after Mother’s Day in 2017.

Manning the MacMillan Lottery stand Dundee’s Overgate Shopping Centre, Meg gestured towards the range of cards on display at the Clintons only yards away.

“When you see the cards, they just bring back so many happy memories,” she said.

Peggy passed away on March 13 last year at the age of 96, and Meg said she had lived a full life.

One of 13 children herself, she had bought up five children of her own including Meg.

“She was a very good mum because she was fair but she was strict,” she said.

“She always gave you very very good advice.”

As Meg’s mother-in-law Jenny Durrand had also passed away in December last year at the age of 90, her and her husband were both going through the same thing coming up to Mother’s Day this year.

“It’s the first year without them,”she said.

Mother’s Day had usually meant getting the family together for a meal in Aberdeen, Meg said, but as Peggy’s health deteriorated in her final years they had switched to visiting her in the care home.

This year, Meg said she would be celebrating the day with her 38-year-old and 46-year-old children but it wouldn’t be the same as before.

“I’ve got kids of my own but it’s not the same without your own mother,” she said.