“Special lady” who always put others first

Date: Monday 25th February 2019

A FORMER Penrith hairdresser and “very special lady” who put everybody else first has died, aged 75.

Mary Auld, nee Fielding, of The Sidings, Mill Street, was born at Gilsland, Northumberland, in 1943. She grew up in Penrith where her family owned the Carleton Hotel.

Her formative years of education were spent at Girven and Dumfries convent boarding schools before spending her last year of school at Tynefield School, Penrith. She went on to complete a hairdressing degree at the Eros Coiffure Guild in London.

She married Penrith-born musician Douglas Auld — who performed professionally as Doug Shane and the Harlequins — at St Catherine’s Church on 12th October, 1963.

The couple made their first home in Coventry due to Douglas’s work commitments, but they returned to Penrith months later and lived at Mill Street. They later moved to a house in Brunswick Square during the 1980s and lived there for 20 years before moving to their home at The Sidings in 2004.

After working in various salons, Mary opened her own little salon in the family home at Brunswick Square. She also enjoyed entertaining friends and family there and will be remembered by many as the “hostess with the mostest”.

She was also something of a daredevil, having enjoyed hot air balloon rides, piloted a light aircraft and, in 2017, tried her hand at zip lining on the largest zip line in Europe in Wales.

Her family said Mary could mix easily with with any age group and had a fantastic bubbly sense of humour. She was a very special lady who always put everyone else first.

Before being diagnosed with kidney cancer in June, last year, Mary was never at home and always running others around in her car and enjoying life.

A regular churchgoer at St Catherine’s, Mary also enjoyed upholstery, bingo and theatre and went on many trips out with friends all over the UK and beyond. She also enjoyed attending keep fit classes at Penrith Evergreen Club and swimming at the town’s North Lakes Hotel pool.

Douglas, who died in 2010, aged 68, ran his own haulage company for many years as well as working for others in and around Penrith. He was also a concert organiser at the town’s Royal British Legion Club.

Mary is survived by four children, Dean, Daren, Donna and Dione; four grandchildren, Samantha, Danniela, Poppy and Kizzy; and great-grandson, Douglas.