Marjorie hangs up her whistle

Marjorie Ward
Marjorie Ward

A ScotRail employee from Ladybank whose beautiful floral displays are a familiar sight for rail passengers has retired after a railway career spanning nearly 23 years.

Marjorie Ward developed the award-winning station garden at Ladybank, and previously created eye-catching flowerbeds at Cupar station.

She boosted her floral displays with speciality flowers as well as cuttings from her own home.

John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, thanked Marjorie for her selfless work and wished her well for her retirement.

He said: “Marjorie has been an exceptional employee, who has made a lasting impact on her community.”

Marjorie started at Ladybank station in 1989.

Her career included work on ScotRail trains, platform duties at Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh, and spells in booking offices at Cupar and other Fife stations, before she returned to Ladybank in 2006.

She has been guardian of Ladybank station’s heritage – maintaining its antique pendulum clock, which dates to 1847, and other items including historic photos and records.

Local councillor Donald Lothian said: “What Marjorie brought to her job was real enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to community life.

“She will be missed but she will retire with the gratitude of a community. I wish her a successful retirement.”

Flower artist Kirsty Lorenz, whose studio is on the station platform, said: “Marjorie is one in a million and will be greatly missed.

“She is a total people person, she knows so many of her customers by name and nothing is too much trouble for her, they travel from far and wide just to get her to sort out their tickets.

“Ladybank station has benefited from her loving attention.”

Commenting on her time at Ladybank, Marjorie said: “Four years ago the job came up at Ladybank and I was delighted to be given the the station where I started.

“With the help of my husband Norman, daughter Dawn, and lots of very willing helpers the gardens are again looking beautiful.

“I intend to keep doing the gardens with the ladies and Norman, until the new station master, Tony, gets fed up of me!”

“Tony will take over the running of the station sometime in July and I hope everyone makes him feel as welcome as I did.

“I have enjoyed every minute working for the railways.

“I’ve loved all the jobs I’ve done, but Ladybank has been extra special to be able to come full circle.

“It has been a wonderful experience and a real privilege.”