Ne­vis Range staff say bye to Wil­lie

The Oban Times - - News -

STAFF at Ne­vis Range have said good­bye to one of their long­est-serv­ing mem­bers of staff.

Wil­lie Anderson, 68, closed the door on a big chap­ter of his life on Thurs­day July 28 af­ter work­ing at Ne­vis Range for more than 27 years.

Mr Anderson moved to Fort Wil­liam around 1969/1970 and be­came a moun­tain res­cue vol­un­teer, some­thing he did for 45 years. He said: ‘I’m a clim­ber my­self, so it was good to help peo­ple who were stuck up the moun­tains.’

One of the orig­i­nal em­ploy­ees at Ne­vis Range, Mr Anderson dug the first hole for the py­lons which now carry the gon­do­las up the moun­tain. He said: ‘I am a painter and dec­o­ra­tor by trade and that’s what I was em­ployed as when I started. But I be­gan do­ing main­te­nance work and engi­neer­ing – I dug the first hole for the py­lons that carry the gon­do­las. I used to be up the tow­ers there too. It was one of those jobs where you did a bit of ev­ery­thing.’

Mr Anderson has four chil­dren, two boys and two girls, and eight grand­chil­dren. He lives in Caol with his part­ner Jane. ‘I al­ways said I would re­tire be­fore I was 69, and my birth­day is next week, so I just made it.’ His plans for re­tire­ment are to stay ac­tive and keep busy. ‘Apart from do­ing the house­work, I’ll be gar­den­ing, fish­ing and hope­fully climb­ing. I just got my­self two new knees, so I will be try­ing to do some easy routes.’

Mr Anderson thanked ev­ery­one at Ne­vis Range who gave him a great farewell. ‘Ne­vis Range is a great place to work. I got a great send- off. I was given glasses and lovely cards, so a huge thanks to all the staff there.’

Wil­lie Anderson, right, re­ceives gifts from Peter Mac­Far­lane, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ne­vis Range, on his re­tire­ment from Ne­vis Range af­ter more than 27 years’ ser­vice. Mr Anderson was also well known for his work with the Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue team.

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