Thank you to Clark from staff and readers...

Editor Mike Rankin presents Clark Simpson with a present from the team for all the years of hard work

Editor Mike Rankin presents Clark Simpson with a present from the team for all the years of hard work

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Our Johnshaven Jottings correspondent may have inked his final column but we wanted to say a massive thank you for all his hard work.

We met up with ‘our man in Jonner,’ Clark Simpson, this week to present him with a small token of our gratitude and appreciation to mark the 30-odd years he had contributed to the Mearns Leader.

Johnshaven Jottings first appeared on January 18, 1982, at first as a sporadic column written by our correspondent’s wife.

Clark soon took over and a regular half page column began, which expanded to the full page which he was producing until his final edition earlier this month.

Johnshaven was among several coastal villages to submit columns to our pages but, while the others gradually came to an end, the Jottings endured and grew from strength to strength.

The column is missed by staff and readers alike, and we would welcome any willing contributors who may wish to carry it on.

A letter from the Johnshaven community paid tribute to Clark, saying: “There is not an organisation in Johnshaven that has not benefited from Clark’s support.

‘‘ The Jottings have been an invaluable means to relay information, publicise events and bring people together.

Clark’s dedication to his native village is unfaltering and his contribution outstanding.”

Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer Editor Mike Rankin said: “The column was very well established when I took over last year, and I was wise enough to leave it alone. Well done Clark.’’

If anyone is interested in taking up the role of our Johnshaven correspondent, please get in touch with Mr Rankin. For more information, email mike.rankin@jpress.co.uk or telephone (01569) 762859.