GROUP advertising manager Edith Scott this week retired after 43 years with the Tweeddale Press, publisher of The Wee Paper.
Colleagues gave her a photograph of Selkirk – taken by colleague Janis Cornwall – and other gifts at a presentation on Wednesday.
Edith said: “I’m really, really lucky to have been able to enjoy my work so much. I’ve been lucky to work for newspapers that are so well respected and with lovely people who are not only my colleagues, but my friends as well, and I’ve had some wonderful customers who have become friends too.”
Edith joined the newspaper group in Selkirk as an office junior in 1969. She progressed to accounts and then advertising where she remained and climbed the career ladder, leaving this week as the person in charge of advertising for (Tweeddale Press owners) Johnston Press’s newspapers in Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Midlothian and the Borders.
She led the group’s advertising team to being the best in the whole of Johnston Press in a national advertising campaign last year – and she said it looked like the local team would trump the rest of the UK in the same campaign again this year.
“I’m leaving on a high,” she said.
The business has changed beyond recognition from when she started in the days of typewriters, hot metal and the paper being printed in Selkirk.
Edith said: “There have been lots of changes in the newspaper industry since I started. You have to move with the times because if you don’t you are just left standing still. Computers were the big change in my working life. In advertising things have really changed and again computers helped that. Before, adverts were just all lineage – now, with graphics, they are so much better.
“Customers expect more and they themselves can be more creative as well.”
She joked that she will take six months to clear her office before starting her retirement proper.
However, as most who know her would guess, in her retiral she intends to work harder for the numerous committees she contributes to.
“I’ll be able to devote more time to them now,” she said.
She’s one of the organisers of Scott’s Selkirk and is involved in the local Rotary Club and Selkirk Regeneration Company. She is also secretary of the local chamber of trade, president of Midlem WRI and vice-chairman of the Selkirk Conservative Club, among others.