In 2003 St Luke’s pupils met up with a Holocaust survivor who stayed alive in the notorious Auschwitz death camp by drawing pictures for the evil SS Doctor Mengle. 

Marianne Grant, 81, was installed as an honorary Freeman of East Renfrewshire Council and two pupils from each secondary school in the authority were invited. 

She also handed out copies of her new book, “I Knew I was Painting for my Life” which the pupils were honoured to receive and also took the chance to have signed. 

Then East Renfrewshire Provost Betty Cunningham said: “Marianne richly deserves this honour. She is an example to all of us and her busy life has been all about service to others, her family and her faith, values which have sustained her.”