A workaholic great-grandmother who says working keeps her young starts her new job today – aged 82.
Moira Hepburn reached pensionable age when John Major was still Prime Minister, in 1997, but the energetic gran has not even contemplated retiring.
The talented pianist was a regular sight in Edinburgh in the 1980s when she entertained audiences at the bandstand in Prince’s Street Gardens during children’s hour.
Since 1987, Moira worked as a warden at a sheltered housing complex and, until last month, at a block of retirement flats in Blackford.
And today she will start a new job, travelling around the city offering companionship to elderly people – after leaving her last post due to the technological demands which she found overwhelming.
Inspiring Moira said: “I can’t think about retiring or even thinking about what I can watch on TV.
“I just want to be out and about feeling like I am still needed.
“I don’t get tired I just seem to be able to cope with whatever comes my way.
“I think music has a lot to do with keeping one young, maybe it stimulates your brain.
“I don’t use a walking stick when I walk, I’m quite a smart walker.”
In 1997, Moira could have retired at the age of 61 – but decided to keep working.
The great-grandmother-of-six added: “It’s just funny because some of the people I was looking after were ten years younger than me and some were even in their sixties walking about with sticks and stuff.
“It made me realise how lucky I am.”
On her final day on December 28, tearful residents rallied round to bestow upon her bouquets of flowers and farewell gifts.
Moira said: “I first became a warden because I was friendly with a lady who lived in sheltered housing.
“I was always visiting her and she started telling me about a warden’s duties and said that it would suit me because I am a people person.
“A vacancy came up, I applied for it and got it.
“I loved working for Viewpoint Housing because you were living beside all the residents.
“And there was a piano in the complex, I would put up social events for them because it was right up my street.”
She added: “It’s all about keeping your mind active with things that you love doing.
“I’m sure I’ll wind down eventually, but I’m definitely not ready to stop just yet.”