W B Galloway has been a fixture in the village for half a century, and (right) local boy David Coulthard who would drop into Galloways for his fuel Twynholm village is home to the long-established business
ry Saturday and Sunday morning d be oot towing somebody out of .” se days the garage continues to r, somewhat against the odds. ull-time and two part-time staff are yed at the premises, part of which ouses the village shop after the l one along the street closed down. al customers, a reputation for orkmanship and honest service r to have stood the business in good
e ties with the local community so played their part. en my father died the local support rmers was tremendous,” said Ian. y saw to it that we had plenty of nd we built the business up from
“We may not be the cheapest but we try and do an honest job for folk.
“There’s quite a few would not go by us for anything.”
“Sometimes you don’t mind doing a wee bit extra for folk.
“We had one good customer a few years back who needed collected from Edinburgh Hospital.
“I went up and got her and brought her home because she did not have anybody else.”
Bill is proud of the firm’s heritage and has committed his life to its ongoing success.
His son Craig does the spray painting – the fifth generation of Galloways to have a stake in the businesss.
“I think we are the oldest garage left in the Stewartry,” Bill said.
“We’ve been going 67 years and I’ve been here for 25 of those.
“I enjoy my time here and I would not change it for anything else.”
Outside the workshop, Bill and wife Catherine have been busy with their own production line.
The couple have seven children, the eldest aged 25, the youngest a baby girl of four months.
“We have four girls and three boys,” said Ian. “We don’t have any plans to even it up – but we said that six years ago!”
Looking to the future, Ian reckons with Bill the business is in good hands.
“Aye, he’s mastered the job,” he said. “In 1970 there were 33,000 retail outlets for fuel in Britain. Now there’s less than 10,000.
“But we’re still here.”
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