Jimmy retiring after 41 years at Blackadder Garage

The petrol station and garage workshop at Greenlaw as it used to be.
The petrol station and garage workshop at Greenlaw as it used to be.

‘Gone fishing’ is the sign Jimmy Campbell should be putting up at Blackadder Garage in Greenlaw after 41 years of repairing vehicles there.

The premises on the A697 heading south out of Greenlaw have been Jimmy’s workshop since 1976.

A trip down memory lane at the Greenlaw garage and workshop.

A trip down memory lane at the Greenlaw garage and workshop.

The petrol service station, closed around 14 years ago, was run separately from Jimmy’s garage business, but now the entire premises has been sold to an unknown buyer.

Jimmy would have liked to have seen it continue as a workshop, but things move on, he acknowledges.

“I’ve been a great fisherman – trout fly-fishing – all my life. It’s a passion,” said Jimmy, confident that between fishing and hill-walking he will be able to keep himself occupied in retirement.

“I’m in my 41st year. I started here in June 1976.

Jimmy Campbell retires from his garage business in Greenlaw.

Jimmy Campbell retires from his garage business in Greenlaw.

“When I left school at Earlston, I started work with Rutherfords at Earlston as an apprentice mechanic at 15 years old, then I moved and worked for six years for Hunter’s at Gordon before I leased the workshop here.

“When I first started working on motor engines, everything was repaired, whereas over the years, everything now is replaced.

“The biggest noticeable change is the technology, and the electronic side of a motor vehicle now is such that is a different type of motor engineering.

“I would class myself as a mechanical engineer and now people would be classed as technical engineers.”

Over four decades, Jimmy has had many loyal customers, and he said: “I really appreciate the fact that the biggest bulk of my customers have been repeat customers.

“The village and I seem to have got on quite well together.”