CALLS have been made to the Penilee community to honour a woman described as the "heart" of Rosshall Academy.

Belle Bolton, who began working as a cleaner in the old Penilee Secondary before finally becoming an invigilator at Rosshall, died last week from cancer.

Her daughter Marion has asked that residents line the route as Belle makes her final journey from St Andrew's Church to Arkleston Cemetery. 

Those who knew Belle or who were part of the school community are asked to line the route - while carefully following social distancing rules - if they live nearby.

Alison Mitchell, Rosshall Academy headteacher who had worked with Belle for 20 years, paid tribute to a "very special lady".

She said: "Belle was the heart of the Rosshall community and knew everyone.

"There will be so many Penilee and Rosshall pupils and staff who will have fond memories of Belle and she will be missed by anyone who knew her - a very special lady and we extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends."

Belle was first a cleaner and then an auxiliary in the old Penilee Secondary school and moved to Rosshall when it opened in 2002.

Alison said she was well known throughout the school and turned her hand to everything - eventually becoming a support for learning worker. 

She retired around three years ago but came back as an invigilator until she was diagnosed with cancer in last couple of years.  

A call was made by Marion for the residents of Penilee to honour her mum.

In a Facebook post she said: "So all you lovely people in Penilee, I am asking you on behalf of my lovely mum Belle Bolton if, on Friday, April 24 at 3pm, if you could come out your houses and line the streets around the church and shops and mark her last journey to Arkleston cemetery and give her some kind of send off, she so deserves it.

"Thank you. I know you won’t let her down."

The funeral procession will leave St Andrew's Church and travel along Bowfield Crescent, Gleddoch Road, Craigmuir Road, Corse Road, Penilee Road and then on to Arkleston Cemetery.

At 2.30pm residents are asked to line the route from Kinsail Drive, Deanfield Quad, Barshaw Road and Bowfield Drive to the church.

Belle is survived by her husband Jim and daughters Marion and Jan.