A LONG-standing member of the Mearns Leader staff was given a special send-off last week after two decades at the paper.
Advertising receptionist Sheila Nevill joined the Leader in April 1991 and has now retired after 20 years in the job.
Staff from Angus County Press gathered at the Station Hotel in Stonehaven on Thursday to mark Sheila’s departure and to present her with flowers and gifts.
Sheila said: “Things have changed a lot since I first started at the Leader – when I started it was paper and pens but now everything is computerised. We scan all the photos and the artwork but I remember having to run and put them all on a bus to get them down to Montrose where the press was at that time. It was great fun because half the time the parcel would go missing and we’d have to phone round to try and find out where it was. We used to have a good laugh. Things have really come on a lot.”
She said: “I’m going to miss the company in the office most of all I think, but I’m looking forward to having more time to myself. I’ve enjoyed my time at the Leader, I really have and I’ve met so many different staff and customers over the years – a lot of different characters – and I’m going to miss all that. That’s been my favourite part of the job, just meeting everybody.
“I’ve recently starting researching my family tree so I’ll be able to spend more time on that now, and spend time with my grandchildren. I’m looking forward to just being able to catch up with friends that I might have neglected over the past few years.
“I can’t believe I’ve been here 20 years, it’s just flown past. I’ve learnt so much and will take lots and lots of memories with me.”
Michele Cabrelli, who is also an advertising receptionist at the Leader, has worked with Sheila for the past three years.
She said: “Sheila instantly made me feel at ease, it just felt like a really nice atmosphere from the start and she was a great help to me. I think we’ve made a great team, we have this unspoken thing that at the end of the day the work just gets done – I’m going to miss her lots.”
Karen Smith, another Angus County Press staff member, said: “ I’ve known Sheila forever – she was always a comfort on the other end of the phone for me, especially if I wasn’t sure what to do, and I’m just going to miss her so much.”