42 years at work and still smiles for Moira

SBBn-17-09-15 Moira, duns, long service potatoes
SBBn-17-09-15 Moira, duns, long service potatoes

A Duns woman has racked up more than four decades working in the same factory - and she isn’t ready to give up yet.

Moira Henderson, 60, will mark 42 years at Greenvale’s potato business in Duns in November, making her easily the longest-serving employee. And she is in good company, since three of her siblings also work at Greenvale.

Moira, who lives in Berwick, recalls that in 1973 she applied for a job at the plant, then the family concern E.S.Black. “It was just going to be a stopgap, but I liked it, and I stayed!”

The business had only about 50 staff then, a quarter of today’s total. The other main change for Moira is the introduction of technology and computerisation to the process of selecting, washing and packing potatoes.

“Back then, we did almost everything by hand,” she said. “The work’s still fairly hard, but not nearly as manual. Things have changed, but I’ve always enjoyed working here.”

Two of her three brothers – John and David – and sister Lillie, also work at the factory, while her other brother, George, works at a nearby fish factory. “Between the family members, we’re always OK for making fish and chips!”