George calls it a day at Monarch

George Gray received a watch and charity donation from Monarch employees
George Gray received a watch and charity donation from Monarch employees

A long-standing member of staff at Monarch Developments in Sauchen has recently retired.

George Gray from Inverurie has retired at the age of 70 and had been employed by Monarch for over 11 years.

George is a joiner and has enjoyed his time with Monarch working on many different projects from fitting doors and windows to constructing large extensions and new builds.

George moved from Kintore to Inverurie recently so that he and his wife Becky could enjoy the greater facilities that Inverurie offers on their retirement.

George is a keen bowler and has joined the Inverurie Bowling Club where he intends to provide some good competition to the existing members.

John Esslemont. Managing Director of Monarch Developments, said that George has been an exceptional employee and his skills as a joiner have been of great benefit to Monarch and have been much admired by our many customers.

Mr Esslemont added: “George has had a few health issues in recent years but it takes more than that to keep George off his work and I would like to put on record my sincere thanks to him for being a very popular and well respected member of our professional team of tradesmen.

“On behalf of myself, my son Darren, who is construction Director and all the Monarch staff I would like to wish George and Becky a long and very happy retirement.”

George received a watch from everyone at Monarch to mark his retirement.

Money was also raised by Monarch staff on George’s 70th birthday.

The funds raised will go to Macmillan Nurses, a charity chosen by George.

Monarch Developments is a local building company based in Sauchen.

It currently employs 18 tradesmen and office staff and the company has just celebrated its 20th year in business.