A PETERHEAD businessman is preparing to hang up his overalls for the last time when he retires at the end of the week.
George Mackintosh will bid a fond farewell to colleagues and customers at the town’s Mac Tyres, where he has served as Director for the past 11 years, on May 31.
Father of three George set of the Windmill Street garage 11 years ago with old friend Graham Cordiner, providing tyre fitting, MOTs and maintenance for hundreds of Buchan motorists.
George said: “Every day there has been a different challenge. But it’s amazing to get to meet new people all the time and we have a large amount of regular customers, who I would like to thank for their support over the years.”
Buchan born George (67) started out as an apprentice at Aberdeenshire Tyre Service in Fraserburgh 51 years ago, following a year’s work as a grocer’s boy.
He explains: “At my first interview, they told me that it was a very dirty job and asked me if I minded getting my hands dirty!”
Learning his trade and working his way through the ranks, George moved to Peterhead to work as a Manager for National Tyres in 1970.
When the business closed down in 2001, George went into partnership with Graham to launch Mac Tyres.
Throughout his career, George has witnessed many changes within the motoring industry, particularly with equipment and tools.
“The job is much easier to do than it used to be,” says the grandfather of six, “particularly because equipment is much better today than it used to be.”
Despite nearing retirement age, George is still keen to get his hands dirty, taking on a number of tasks alongside his staff of four - everything from changing car tyres and fitting, to paperwork and making cups of tea.
“It’ll be strange for a while,” says George, “not getting up for work every morning.”
But keen golfer George won’t be stuck for things to do. He plans to increase his weekly visits to the local golf club and looks forward to spending more time with wife Ann and the couple’s grandchildren.
Meanwhile, Graham is confident that he can hold the fort at Mac’s, thanks to invaluable help from daughter Louise Wilkie (28) who took over the running of the office three years ago.
Louise said: “We all wish George all the best and hope he has a long and happy retirement.”