Forty years of early mornings to make sure Eccles residents got their daily papers has finally come to an end for Norah and Ian McDougall.
At the ages of 70 and 76 years retirement now beckons for Norah (also the local postmistress for 33 years) and Ian. They sold their last newspaper at the end of February and to mark the occasion and thank the couple for their years of service to the community as local newsagents a special meal and presentation was held for them.
Norah and Ian’s granddaughter Tammy McDougall said: “They only thought they were going out for a meal with a few people from the Eccles, Leitholm, Birgham Community Council as a thank you, but to their surprise a good few people gathered to see them get a wee gift as a thank you and show them both how much the community appreciated what they have done for the wee villages especially Eccles and Leitholm.
Norah and Ian were presented with flowers and £100 garden vouchers from the community council members and Tammy added: “It was a very emotional night for Norah and Ian and they are so thankful to everyone for their cards and gifts.
Also at the presentation were Betty and Tam McLeish who have helped out in the newsagents for many years and who were the paper boy and girl in Leitholm.
The couple will now have time to take up an invitation by MSP John Lamont to dine at the Scottish Parliament.