Ellon stalwart, Kenny, rocks into retirement

Kenny Thom
Kenny Thom

Banff and Buchan College waved goodbye to one of their longest serving members of staff recently.

After 37 years, Kenny Thom, from Logerieve near Ellon, decided it was time to retire at the end of April - but he opted to exit on a high note.

Kenny, 67, marked the special occasion by hosting a Rocking Into Retirement party in aid of Cancer Research in Ellon last month.

Guitarist, Kenny performed alongside his band Skin Deep, at the party in the town’s Victoria Hall for around 170 friends, family and work colleagues.

Kenny told the Times: “We raised around £550. It was a really good night - it was great to see everybody.”

He is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Rosemary, as well as daughters, Amanda and Wendy and his three grandchildren, but he is enjoying one new venture already.

Kenny added: “One of my students now has a company now called Primarc Engineering, in Esslemont, and said that when I retired he would give me a job. I’ve been there a few weeks now and it’s magic.”

Kenny spent his first 20 years at the Banff and Buchan College working as a lecturer in fabrication, for the next 16 years he worked as an employability manager, before becoming a student services manager in the remaining year.

Kenny’s sister, Pati Adams said: “Kenny proved to be very popular with both staff and students alike and was always willing to go that extra mile.

“Nothing was too much trouble - all done with a great sense of humour.”