Murray downs his tools

Murray Henderson retirement.
Murray Henderson retirement.

JUST months after one long-serving employee left his workshop for the last time, Keith Renton has bid farewell to another of his joinery stalwarts now that Murray Henderson has also retired.

Murray, from Duns, has been working at the Leitholm-based joiners for the past 21 years but after retiring on September 9 is now looking forward to putting his feet up as well as devoting more time to his other interests which include volunteering at Duns Castle Nature Reserve, being involved with Duns Burns Club and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Like Ian McFarlane, who hung up his tools earlier this year, Murray will be a big loss to the family-run firm. As well as being an excellent worker, he has also trained a number of new starters during his two decades in the workshop.

Ian and Murray started at Keith Renton’s within months of each other and Keith said like the man who left a few months earlier, Murray will be missed by both the people he worked for and worked with.

Keith told The Berwickshire News: “Murray’s got a lot of clients that he did different jobs for over the years; he got out and about a lot and worked on a number of estates including Mayshiel and Ellemford. He’ll also be a big miss in the workshop; he’s a big character highly thought of amongst the lads. I’m sure he’ll love having more time to devote to his other hobbies; as well as putting a lot of the younger ones through apprenticeships he also educated them on bird watching, and took them out on a number of nature walks.”

The staff at Keith Renton Joiners marked Murray’s retirement with a dinner at Hugo’s in Duns and Keith said he’d like to thank the restaurant for a fantastic evening.