Ellon bar manager Trish retires

A popular Ellon bar manager has retired after 25 years of loyal service.

Trish McTavish with Martin Smith and her retirement gifts

Trish McTavish called last orders for the last time at the town’s Tolbooth pub on Thursday, January 24.

She was presented with a cheque for £1,000 from customers and friends, and a large bouquet of flowers by owner Martin Smith in front of over 100 customers who had braved the cold Ellon night to say goodbye to their favourite bar person.

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An emotional Trish said: “I am overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of customers. It was such a wonderful surprise.

“I have met so many people over my 25 years in the Tolbooth, many of them who have become good friends. I will miss them all so dreadfully.

“I will now be able to spend time with my own family, including my grandchildren in Glasgow and Birmingham.”

Martin Smith, the owner of the Tolbooth said: “Trish has been a wonderful asset to the Tolbooth.

“She is loyal, reliable and totally trustworthy, and just great with customers.

“She will be sorely missed by myself, my wife Kerry,and the rest of the staff.

“I wish her great happiness in what I hope will be a long and happy retirement.”

Jack Nixon, a regular at the Tolbooth since it opened in 1992, said: “She has become a fixture at the best pub in the town.

“She always has a welcoming smile and a kind word for all her customers.

“She will be hard to replace.”