Alec calls it a day after 50 years of service

Left to right - Gordon Fraser, Alec Clubb and wife June, and Stewart McKay.
Left to right - Gordon Fraser, Alec Clubb and wife June, and Stewart McKay.

An Ellon man has retired after completing an amazing 50 years with the same employer.

Carpet foreman Alec Clubb started work at Frasers of Ellon at the beginning of January, 1966.

Alec is simply irreplaceable

Stewart McKay Frasers Director

And colleagues gathered at the town’s New Inn to wish him well in his well-deserved retirement.

Alec, 65, known as Sandy, served his apprenticeship as an upholsterer, attending evening classes at Aberdeen Technical College where he gained his City and Guilds certificate...a highly-regarded trades qualification.

In his early years he worked in every area of the business - workshop, shop floor and removals.

At the time, carpets were just becoming popular and Alec, like many in the profession, moved on to floor laying and carpet fitting where his upholstery skills shone and eventually became carpet foreman.

Throughout his career he worked in every location including several castles in the North-east and beyond.

When Alec joined Frasers he was employed by Jimmy Fraser, the present managing director Gordon’s father.

At this stage the firm’s founder Alexander Fraser - Gordon’s grandfather - was still involved in the business and more recently Gordon’s nephew, Colin McKay, who is in charge of the flooring department - meaning Alec’s service spans four generations of the family.

He also has a long-standing link with his boss at Frasers, director Stewart McKay - the pair started school at Tipperty in 1955.

Stewart said: “It is a 60-year connection which is quite remarkable. We started our school days at Tippery in August, 1955.

“Alec has been extremely popular with everyone over the years and he is simply irreplaceable.”

Colleagues and friends paid tribute to Alec’s half a century of service at a celebratory dinner on Saturday.

He was presented with gifts from management and staff and wife June - who also worked for many years at Frasers as a curtain maker - was presented with a bouquet by Gordon’s wife Sheila.