Sandy calls it a day after 47 years

Sandy Thomson, left, with wife Heather and Frasers directors Gordon Fraser and Stewart McKay.
Sandy Thomson, left, with wife Heather and Frasers directors Gordon Fraser and Stewart McKay.

An Ellon man has retired after nearly half a century with a long-established firm in the town.

Sandy Thomson spent 47 years with Frasers, spanning three generations of the family business.

Tribute to his lengthy service was paid at a presentation in the Ythan Terrace store last week.

Director Stewart McKay said: “Sandy was a natural born salesman, dedicated to the company, and will be very hard to replace.” Sandy started work in September, 1966, as a furniture porter/delivery driver.

The firm also moved into house removals, and he was involved in this side of the business for many years.

Sandy took on additional tasks such as carpet fitting, curtain hanging and dealing with customers in the shop.

He became sales manager when the company opened a store, The Buchan Furniture Centre, in the old County Cinema in Union Street, dedicated to the “Schreiber” furniture brand,

When this was amalgamated back into the Ythan Terrace shop, Sandy became carpet sales manager – a position he held until his retirement.

Such was his success and popularity, he dealt with several generations of the same families.