RIVER City star Una McLean has left her role as Shieldinch matriarch Molly O’Hara after 10 years.

The Strathaven-born star’s final storyline will air on the BBC Scotland channel on June 3. However, she will not appear on-screen for this.

McLean, who celebrated her birthday this week, has been performing for more than 60 years and appeared in hits including Dr Finlay’s Casebook, The Vital Spark and Still Game. She rode into the Scottish soap on a mobility scooter in 2009.

The actor said: “I am now 89 years old, and have decided to hang up Molly’s beret and leave someone else to deliver all the brilliant one-liners.

“I have had a wonderful time at River City working with fantastic cast and crew, many thanks to them all.”

Paying tribute to McLean, on-screen daughter Sally Howitt, who plays Scarlett O’Hara, said: “There was no acting required from me for the farewell scenes for Molly and Scarlett – it was genuinely hugely emotional and I hope the River City fans enjoy it.

“Una might have left the show but, to me, she will always be family.”