Jim closes the Lads’ Club books

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ARBROATH Lads’ Club committee member and treasurer, Jim McKechnie, has retired after an incredible 53 years service to the club.

His decision was revealed at the recent annual general meeting.

Mr McKechnie first became a committee member in 1959 only a few years after the building of the club huts in Alexandra Place. In 1977 he was elected club treasurer, a role he has carried out ever since.

His most memorable moment was assisting with the under-18 team coached by Dave Easson junior in the 1969 when it beat Fairholm Thistle at Douglas Park, Hamilton, 1-0 in the Under-18 Scottish Cup final. Club president Gavin Paterson presented Mr McKechnie with a commemorative trophy to recognise his service to the club and also the Brenda McFarlane Shield which is awarded annually for outstanding contributions. His wife, Anne, also attended the ceremony and was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Mr Paterson expressed thanks on behalf of the club and said: “There is no doubt the healthy state of club’s finances is largely down to Jim’s excellent and hard work over the years. Many people in the town who have been part of the Lads’ Club in some way will be happy to hear it is as strong as ever and that Jim McKechnie has been a massive part of the success. We wish Jim a happy retirement and hope to see him at matches in the future.”