Ron puts shutters up after 60 years

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RON Stewart, whose career in newspapers started in April 1951 with the “Brechin Advertiser”, will hang up his camera lens on Thursday (tomorrow).

Ron began working for Miss Dorothy Edwards as an apprentice compositor, or printer’s devil, as they were known at the time, in the Advertiser’s premises in Swan Street, directly opposite where the Brechiner’s offices are now located.

He continued to work with the company until 1958 when he went to work for the now defunct “Montrose Standard”. From there he moved to the “Arbroath Herald”, before returning to the “Brechin Advertiser”, a year before he got married to wife Rita in 1963.

Ron was with the company a further three years, before he became a sales rep with Jayes Parazone Sales, going on to become senior sales trainer for Central Scotland.

It was back to newspapers for Ron in 1969 when he returned to work for the “Montrose Review.” Eventually he returned to the “Brechiner” in 1974 as a partner in the business.

Ron worked alongside partners Miss Edwards and David Lindsay and took over as editor of the “Brechin Advertiser” upon Miss Edwards’ retirement.

Ron continued in the role until Angus County Press bought the company over in 1994. It was upon the company takeover that Ron took over as a freelance photographer with the company - a role he has worked in ever since, attending everything from coffee mornings to school projects and road accidents to crime scenes.

Ron gathered for lunch with other members of the “Brechiner” staff last week and was presented with a couple of retirement gifts, one from parent company Angus County Press and one from his work colleagues, enabling him to toast his opportunity to put his feet up.