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The Galloway News - - Galloway People -

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.”

Warm wel­come Old and new

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