After she missed her bus, a 71-year old woman became best friend of a student and made new friends.


A student made friends with a 71 year-old woman, and now they go on walks together and visit each other’s houses.

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Student becomes best friends woman despite 52-year age gap

A student and her 71-year old friend have been unlikely best friends since they met by chance in the middle night, despite being 52 years apart.

Rebecca McCurry, 19, saw Ann, a grandmother with five children, alone walking through Glasgow streets late at night. She went over to ensure she was OK.

Ann missed her bus home at the end of the night and was now without a place to stay. Rebecca offered to take her to bed for the night.

The unlikely friends now talk every day and visit each other’s houses – going on walks, dinners, and to go to the pub together.

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Rebecca, a University of West of Scotland student in sociology, said: “I was at a party, and I went outside and spotted her.

“After she missed her bus, she was wandering the streets for hours.

“I just said ‘you’ll sleep with me tonight’ and she looked so thankful.

“I was shocked to see her hair peeking out of my bed the next morning. But then I remembered that I had let her stay.

“Most students wake up with a bit of a hangover, but I woke up with a 71-year-old stranger in my bed.

“We have stayed in touch, and are great friends.

“She’s so cool and I learn so much from her.”

Ann was in Glasgow, Scotland visiting her brother who was ill when she became stuck trying to return home in March 2021.

Due to covid regulations, she was unable to stay at a hotel and missed her last bus home so she decided to walk the streets the rest of the night.

“I couldn’t believe it when she told me she’d been wandering around for so long,” Rebecca said.

“It was already about 11.30pm at night.

“I forced her to come in, and I got her past security by pretending she was my granny.”

After taking Ann to her room, Rebecca went to go back to the party for a bit.

“Ann simply turned around and asked for her invite. Ann turned her head and asked for an invite.” Rebecca said.

“Everyone loved her.”

Rebecca was shocked to discover Ann in her bed the next morning – having momentarily forgotten the previous night’s events.

“I was alarmed when I saw her hair peeking out from my duvet.”Yes,” she replied.

“Then I remembered.

“Ann called me an angel and I was glad to help.”

Ann managed to get home safely the next day, but the unlikely friends kept in touch.

“She was so fascinating to me.” Rebecca said.

“She is a bit of an hippie, has many interesting stories, and has done all kinds of jobs.”

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Rebecca went to visit Ann in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, and the friends went for dinner, a walk along the beach and to a local pub for some live music.

“It was a wonderful weekend.” she said.

“We have the best time.

“I think she loves finding out what it is like to be a student these days and I love hearing all about her.

“Ann was the best thing I have ever done.

“If that’s what it is like to be a pensioner then count me in.”

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