The community of Auchenblae came together last Friday to mark the retirement of a popular village resident.
Bob Jamieson retired in 1995 from his job as local grave-digger, a post he had held for twenty seven years.
However, he continued as ‘clock winder’ in the church until earlier this year when he, somewhat reluctantly, handed over the key to the church, along with 30 years of experience to the new man in the job, Jamie Hendry.
Bob’s association with the clock began in 1987 and each Wednesday night since then, he has kept his date with the clock, high up in the church tower.
Summer and winter Bob climbed up to the clock gallery where, by hand, he cranked up the two heavy weights that keep the mechanism ticking. For a man of 85 years this has been no less than a labour of love.
Bob received gifts of appreciation from the Community at large, from Auchenblae Parks Committee and from the Church.
His wife Margaret, received a much deserved mention for her jam making endeavours in aid of senior citizen’s Christmas parcels and was presented with an arrangement of flowers. Both she and Bob have given freely of their time and effort for the benefit of fellow villagers over many years.
Several speeches were addressed to the company, which also included many members of the Jamieson family, followed by music from the talented Hendry family of Mayfield who played several of Bob and Margaret’s favourite traditional Scottish tunes. They were joined by the new minister Brian Smith on his guitar.
This wonderful tribute to Bob concluded with abundant refreshments prepared and served by a wide range of residents.