Fond farewell to farm­ing stal­wart Mary af­ter 38 years of work­ing

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Agri­cul­tural in­dus­try sup­plier Mary McGinn, who has re­tired af­ter 38 un­in­ter­rupted years of serv­ing Ar­ran and Ayr­shire, will be guest of hon­our at a spe­cial re­tire­ment lunch at the Brod­ick Bar where past cus­tomers will ac­knowl­edge their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the years of help re­ceived from Mary.

Mary, of Agri­cul­tural Cen­tral Trad­ing (ACT), started out in the of­fice in New Cum­nock but it wasn’t long be­fore her po­ten­tial was recog­nised and she was ‘thrust out into the field’ as a ‘wee slip of a lassie’ when, in April 1979, Gloria Gaynor was at num­ber one with ‘I Will Sur­vive’. Mary not only sur­vived the ini­tial chal­lenge of try­ing to please her some­times awk­ward cus­tomers in a then mostly-male dom­i­nated in­dus­try, but she won their re­spect and af­fec­tion by her un­stint­ing ded­i­ca­tion to her job and her sunny per­son­al­ity.

Through dif­fi­cult trad­ing times, such as es­ca­lat­ing fuel prices, the in­tro­duc­tion and fi­nal demise of milk quo­tas, foot and mouth dis­ease and the fi­nan­cial up­heaval of 2007, as well as ever volatile mar­ket trends, Mary at­tended her cus­tomers un­fail­ingly.

It’s likely that Mary was the first fe­male farm rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Scot­land, if not the whole of the UK.

She will be missed on Ar­ran by her many cus­tomers who will ac­knowl­edge their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Mary at the lunch on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 8 in the Brod­ick Bar at noon.

Any cus­tomer wish­ing to at­tend can book through Margie Cur­rie on 860525 or Keith Irv­ing on 700358 or email margie.cur­rie@ bt­in­ter­ by Satur­day evening.

The ser­vice from ACT will con­tinue as be­fore un­der Mary’s col­league and suc­ces­sor, Andrew Prim­rose.

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