Aboyne man honoured for 50 year service

(L-R) Allan Taylor; Colin Jamieson and Iain McKenzie with ANM Group chairman John McIntosh.
(L-R) Allan Taylor; Colin Jamieson and Iain McKenzie with ANM Group chairman John McIntosh.

An Aboyne man was among four members of staff the ANM Group has honoured at Aberdeen and Northern Marts who have a total of 160-years’ service between them.

Allan Taylor, Michael Delday, Iain McKenzie and Colin Jamieson received gifts from the company to mark their service across the ANM trading area.

Allan Taylor, who lives in Aboyne, has 50-years’ service having joined as a trainee clerk at Kittybrewster mart in Aberdeen in 1962. In 1967 he became a junior auctioneer at Aboyne, selling at marts across Deeside and Donside, including Alford and Torphins before becoming manager for the Deeside/Donside area. He took responsibility for key store cattle sales when the Thainstone Centre at Inverurie opened in 1990 and is regarded as a master auctioneer. Allan was presented with a Howard Butterworth print of a farm on Gairnside near Ballater that he had to walk to for canvassing visits because there was no road to it.

Michael Delday, who lives at Deerness on Orkney, was unable to attend the presentation due to illness and has worked for the mart for 40-years. He started as an office boy at the Belmont Mart in Aberdeen and also worked at branch marts in Ellon and Maud. Michael later began canvassing for the mart and eventually moved to Orkney where he covers both the County and Shetland, canvassing and looking after consignors’ stock when shipped to Aberdeen. He was presented with a Nikon D3200 digital SLR camera to mark his service.

Another 40-years recipient was Iain McKenzie, who works in the office at the Elgin Auction Centre in Moray. Iain, who lives in Keith, works in Elgin and also regularly clerks at the Thainstone Friday store cattle sales or the Saturday machinery sales. His hobby as a photographer has also proved useful for the popular Elgin antique sales held at the mart with Iain taking pictures of around 1,300 lots for each sale to put on-line. Those photographs have helped boost the mart’s on-line bidding system for the sales and attracting would-be buyers from around the world. It was no surprise that his long service gift was a Sony compact digital camera.

Thainstone yardsman Colin Jamieson from Fordyce has completed 30-years’ service since joining Kittybrewster Mart in Aberdeen, straight from school. He has been based at Thainstone since it opened in 1990 and now works on sheep sales and the lairaging of stock. He also takes in sheep and cattle from the fields before sales. Colin was presented with a Border Fine Art figurine, The Reluctant Ewe.

Paying tribute to all four members of staff, John Gregor, the general manager of Aberdeen and Northern Marts, said: “Long serving staff is a regular feature of the marts business and something we are proud of. The mart is largely about people working together and their relationships with customers and without good people we would not have a business.”

The Group also made several retirement presentations including to former director Doug Fowlie, Millhill, Longside. Doug, who served nine-years on the ANM Group board, was the third generation of his family to serve on the board. He was presented with a statue of fighting red deer stags.

Former Aberdeen and Northern Estates chartered surveyor John Rhind, who lives at Crathes, was presented with a road bicycle to mark his retirement after 26-years with the company.

There was also a special presentation to Iain Clark, the North-east head of agri-business for the Clydesdale Bank, who is retiring after 25-years with the bank. He was presented with a Border Fine Arts figurine of Aberdeen Angus cattle.