A fitting tribute to a well-known Stonehaven man has been installed at the beachfront in his memory, thanks to his family.
‘Johnny’s Bench’ has been given a spot between Cowie Lane and Ironfield Lane on the beach promenade and is dedicated to the memory of John S.G. Turner, or Johnny Turner, as he was better known by many.
Johnny’s son, Alan, explains more about his father’s life in Stonehaven, and why the bench is such a fitting memorial to him: “My father first worked and then secondly lived for over 80 years of his life on Ironfield Lane, Stonehaven. He served his apprenticeship in his father, John H Turner’s business for a millwright. For over 30 years he did work for the local farming, fishing, railway, meal mills, factories and distilleries. Today, Turner’s Court in Stonehaven stands on the former site where my grandfather ran his business from.
“During that time my father developed the potato harvester and together with two of his uncles applied for and was granted three patents for significant improvements in its design. My father’s patent is still used today. His ability to both think of new mechanical ideas was not limited to potato harvesters and he came up with many solutions to problems that arose during his working life.
“After my grandfather retired, my father joined the then Grampian Regional Council, and then worked for them for over 20 years. Before he retired, he was sub-contracted from Aberdeenshire Council to Whittaker Engineering for building, layout and installation of the mechanical milling machinery at the Benholm Meal mill. At the time the installation of the water wheel gained the most press coverage and it bears his name.
“During his earlier life, he also was a part-time Stonehaven fireman, elder of Dunnottar Church and served in the Territorial Army.
“When my father retired from Aberdeenshire Council he continued to work part-time for the Deeside Packaging till that firm left Stonehaven. In his later life my father was a well known and popular character on the Stonehaven Beach front area. Hence as a family we decided to commission a memorial bench.
“With the help of Aberdeenshire Council this has been positioned on the beach front between Ironfield Lane and Cowie Lane. The base design of the bench was done by David Ogilvie Limited, but it incorporates pulleys and pinions. These were my father’s input and recognise items that were important to his trade.”
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