Local woman Kathleen Lyons has made her farewell to the world of work, retiring from the Reekie Steeltec factory in Arbroath’s Kirkton industrial estate.
Production manager Rory Mcleod presented Kathleen with a bouquet of flowers and made a short speech in front of her assembled colleagues, thanking her for her hard work over the eight years she had been with the company.
Accepting the flowers and applause from her co-workers, Kathleen herself made a brief speech. She said: “Thanks everybody for putting up with me these last eight years. It has been great to get to know you and your families.”
After receiving more applause, the administrative assistant Kathleen took time to talk to the Herald.
Smiling about “not wanting to reveal her age” Kathleen explained that she had previously worked for 40 years at William Halleys jute mill in Dundee before being made redundant. She soon found work again with Reekie Steeltec, a company which undertakes specialist metal work for the oil and gas and agricultural industries.
Away from work, Kathleen is very keen on keeping fit and enjoys cycling, running and swimming with a claim-to-fame that she once finished third behind Liz McColgan in a half-marathon. Brought up in Monifieth and now resident in Carnoustie, Kathleen is looking forward to doing more of these activities and “spending time with her family”, including husband Derek who retired last Christmas.
Kathleen said: “It’s been a pleasure working here and I’m happy to be entering a new chapter in my life.”