Fin­lay sails off to a de­served re­tire­ment

The Oban Times - - News -

A CAL­MAC ser­vices man­ager from Lewis has hung up his uni­form af­ter work­ing for the com­pany for al­most half a cen­tury.

Fin­lay Smith, 65, from Great Bern­era, has re­tired af­ter 49 years of ser­vice, start­ing in 1967 as a gal­ley boy on the MG Seaforth for David MacBrayne.

Fin­lay pro­gressed to as­sis­tant pantry boy, be­fore spend­ing a num­ber of years as cook. He be­came the first sec­ond stew­ard to serve on the brand new MV He­bridean Isles in 1985.

Fi­nally, he be­came on­board ser­vice man­ager on the MV He­brides, cover­ing the Uig-Lochmaddy-Tar­bert route, where he be­came a fa­mil­iar and pop­u­lar crew mem­ber.

Fin­lay said: ‘I’ve seen so many changes in the near half- cen- tury I’ve been a part of David McBrayne and then Cal­Mac, but one thing that has al­ways re­mained the same is the com­ing and go­ing of staff and cus­tomers – ei­ther get­ting to know peo­ple or just pass­ing time with them.’

Re­tail de­vel­op­ment man­ager Don­ald MacKil­lop said Fin­lay would be greatly missed.

Don­ald presents Fin­lay with a pic­ture of the old MV He­brides.

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