Fraser bids fond farewell to Haddo

Fraser Gunn has retired after 24 years as a stonemason on the Haddo Estate.
Fraser Gunn has retired after 24 years as a stonemason on the Haddo Estate.

A stonemason has retired after spending nearly a quarter of century keeping properties on Haddo Estate up to scratch.

Fraser Gunn, bid farewell to staff at a presentation at Haddo on Friday.

Fraser, 65, started on the estate in October, 1989, and latterly was head stonemason.

Over the years he has worked on many of Haddo’s houses, renovating and repairing them.

He told the Times: “I got a lot of enjoyment and fulfilment out of my work. I think nowawadays young people just want to get their money at the end of the week, so it’s not the same.

“It is an old trade and there are not the same number of people coming through these days, which is a shame.”

Fraser served his time with Bain’s of Mintlaw in 1963 and worked with various firms before joining Haddo Estate.

Tribute to his service were paid by Lord Aberdeen who presented him with a gold watch and other gifts.

A keen sportsman in his younger day, Fraser, who lives on the estate, is looking forward to playing more golf now that he will have more time on his hands.

His aims to reduce his current nine handicap, although he at one time played off two.