Fond farewell to farming stalwart Mary after 38 years of working
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@ btinternet.com by Saturday evening.
The service from ACT will continue as before under Mary’s colleague and successor, Andrew Primrose.