Gudrun Ure, the actress who played Super Gran in the popular 1980s ITV children's series, has died at the age of 98.

And today, Ayrshire Weekly Press are taking a look back into our archives to when the  superhero visited West Kilbride Gala Day in 1984, at the height of the show's fame.

Kids from all over Ayrshire arrived at the event to meet the star.

Super Gran was a fictional series about a grandmother with super powers. Initially a series of books written by Forrest Wilson, a children's television show was adapted by Jenny McDade and produced by Tyne Tees Television for Children's ITV.

With typical aplomb, Super Gran arrived to the cheers of adoring kids in an open top car. waving to everybody.

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The title character was played by Gudrun Ure, with Iain Cuthbertson as her nemesis, The Scunner Campbell. It originally ran from 1985 to 1987.

So it was a real treat for all the children at the gala day in West Kilbride when Super Gran herself, Gudrun Ure, turned up at the crowning, and signed autographs, and met all the local community groups.

Described by Ayrshire Weekly Press as the 'Tartan Tornado', Super Gran was signing autographs and keeping children at the community centre amused.

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And it was all thanks to her niece Lola Paton of a Lawfield Avenue, that haggis-munching Supergran made the one day special appearance.

Gudrun delighted her youthful audience by playing darts, running around, talking to the children and making sure everyone enjoyed themselves throughout the day.

Lola telephoned her aunt a month previously to invite her to the gala occasion.

Ayr Advertiser: Supergran with Prestwick's Lauren McKinlay who dressed up as a mini-me of her superhero.Supergran with Prestwick's Lauren McKinlay who dressed up as a mini-me of her superhero. (Image: Newsquest)

She began her career in the late 1940's at Glasgow's Citizen Theatre and played alongside stars such as Peggy Ashcroft and Anthony Quail and was an esteemed member of the BBC drama repertoire.

She said on her part of Super Gran: "In all my experience I have never played such a part as this before. It is outrageous and great fun but very exhausting."

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