Advertiser staff bid farewell to Angeline after nearly 29 years

Kieran with mum Angeline who will hopefully forgive him for sending us pictures to mock up a front page leaving present
Kieran with mum Angeline who will hopefully forgive him for sending us pictures to mock up a front page leaving present

TWEEDDALE Press Group has said goodbye to one of its most popular, dedicated and loyal members of staff after nearly 29 years of service.

Accounts and administration manager Angeline Welsh was given a fitting send-off by over 20 colleagues past and present after her request for voluntary redundancy was accepted.

It was October 1983 when the then 16-year-old Angeline first started work in the Marygate office of the Berwick Advertiser and Berwickshire News as a YTS trainee accounts clerk.

Since then she has proved to be a key member of staff, working her way up to become accounts and administration manager. Much of her role has now been centralised by Tweeddale Press Group’s parent company, Johnston Press.

Former Berwick Advertiser editor Tony Langmack said: “I’ve always had a lot of time for Angeline. She is a kind, caring, warm hearted and very highly regarded in the work place. She was always very efficient.

“I recall Angeline doing a massive favour for me one day in about 1992 or 93. I was suffering from a sore hip, which was later replaced, and was walking to the car park when I slipped and fell.

“Angeline saw it happen and rushed over to pick me up, dust me down, help me into the car and make sure I was OK. That is the kind of person she is.”

Away from the work place, Angeline, who will celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary with husband Bob later this year, has been heavily involved in community events around Berwick.

She has performed in Berwick Amateur Operatic Society shows; she once took a line dancing class in Spittal and Bowsden; and seven years ago set up a ladies netball club which is still going strong.

Angeline took up golf last year and is now a keen member of Goswick Golf Club, where she plans to spend more of her time in the coming weeks.

Circulation and accounts administrator Kirsty Winson, a colleague of 12 years and a friend for over 15, said: “I will miss her both as a person and as a professional. She gave me my job and she has always been there for me.

“I think everybody in the office will miss her personality most. You couldn’t meet a more caring or more heart-warming person. She doesn’t have a bad word to say about anybody and sees the best in everybody she meets.”

Berwick Advertiser and Berwickshire News editor Phil Johnson added: “Angeline was overwhelmed by the reception she received on her leaving night, but she deserved it for being such a loyal and dedicated member of staff for so long.

“What we’ll miss about her most is her warm and friendly personality.”