A WELL-KNOWN local man has retired after almost half a century in public service.
David Ballie, who resides in Brechin, bows out from the post of housing officer, having worked out of Forfar throughout his 49-year career.
Born at Pitkindie Farm, Abernyte, Perthshire in 1946, Dave was educated at Webster’s Secondary in Kirriemuir and Kingsway Technical College in Dundee.
He commenced work with Forfar Town Council in August 1962 as an apprentice plumber.
He was promoted to plumber in 1967 and foreman plumber in 1974.
In 1984, Mr Ballie became clerk of works with Angus District Council, the job title changing to housing inspector in 2000.
After many years in Forfar, Dave, who has a son and daughter to his first wife, settled in Brechin with second wife Lorna, a retired local authority employee.
A keen bowler, Dave is looking forward to enjoying more time on the green.
LEFT: Dave, pictured in the company of wife Lorna, is pictured accepting retiral gifts in the form of two ornaments, one of a stag and one of two birds, from Angus Council’s head of housing Alan McKeown. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk).