Newton man Iain Cumpsty was rewarded for his loyalty this week when the Co-operative group honoured him for 30 years service at their supermarket in the town.
Forty-seven-year old Iain received a certificate and a generous gift from Co-op chief executive Richard Pennycook, who wrote: “I would personally like to thank you for your loyalty and commitment to the Society over the years. I firmly believe that the success of the group depends on the continued dedication of employees such as yourself.”
On Wednesday afternoon, when Iain had finished his shift, store manager Colin Fleming was on hand with a cake and a gift from the staff in the Newton Stewart store to mark the occasion.
Speaking of the changes 30 years can bring, Iain said: “I came here as a 17-year-old on a YTS (Youth Training Scheme). It’s all computerised now but in the old days all the orders were taken down on a notepad. The shop here is due major refit next month, a total refit for the first time. so thing will change again.
“I have worked with a great bunch of people made some good friends here over the years. Some of them have moved on elsewhere but I still meet up with them.”
Iain is seriously thinking about using his gift from the Co-op to go and see the bright lights of London for the first time.