Reminiscing about Rene

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Down Memory Lane

Many readers will recognise the beaming face behind the counter in this nostalgic photograph.

Catherine Davidson née McLean, known to most people as Rene, was well known in the town as the proprietor of McLean’s Shop at 101 Longrow.

Rene, who passed away on June 30 this year, opened the general store in 1948, when she was just 19, with help from her mother Janet.

The store, often referred to simply as ‘Rene Clean’s’, was filled with lots of everyday essentials and was very popular.

Rene ran the shop until 1971 when she left to have her younger daughter Tracey and handed the reins to her brother Neil.

She then took over the running of the Dellwood Hotel which her family has owned since 1966 and continues to today.

Rene’s elder daughter Joan sent this photograph to the Courier.

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