Lifelong friends ready to retire
TWO friends and colleagues who started at Forres Primary together are retiring at the same time from the building just across the road.
Forres House Community Centre clerical assistants, Margaret Duncan and Anita Kaminski, have accepted voluntary redundancy following the latest round of local authority cuts, after more than a decade at the reception desk.
Margaret started 12 years ago on April 2, 2007.
She said: "I'm 70 this year so I've worked long enough. The opportunity for voluntary redundancy made my mind up for me but I will miss the banter with the customers and my colleagues.
"I'll be spending more time with my husband but he doesn't know that yet!"
Margaret has worked since she was 15, firstly at the BT telephone exchange Inverness and Elgin from 1965 to 1972, then at Moray Estates in Forres before going back to BT after her sons were old enough. She spent another 16 years there before two years doing administration work for RAF quarters maintenance She finished at the centre.
She added: "I'll be able to do what I want in my own time now."
Anita was at the centre for nine-and-a-half years. She previously worked as a medical cleric for around 30 years in places including Leanchoil and Forres Health Centre.
She said: "It's time to go, I've worked long enough and I want to enjoy my retirement. I'll miss my workmates and the people coming in-and-out of the centre most.
"I'm going to take a few months off to see what I want to do but that will definately include spending time with my grandchildren."