Fond farewell after 30 years of service

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Peterhead Port Authority said a fond farewell to a staff member last week who was thanked for his “fantastic performance” which never faltered throughout his 30-year career.

Stanley Forman (64), has worked as a ship repair foreman for Peterhead harbour for over three decades, and has moved a staggering 6,500 vessels during the course of his employment.

Celebrating at a retirement party held at the authority’s headquarters last week, co-workers and senior staff praised Stanley’s work ethic and commitment to the job.

Peterhead Port Authority chief executive, John Wallace said Stanley’s contribution to the company was “second to none” and that he paid great attention to detail.

“I would like to thank Stanley for his remarkable attendance, and attention to detail with health and safety in his employment,” he said.

“Some of us do high profile work in this job, some of us don’t. It is the untold and unseen work, and the engine and mechanics of the company, that we depend on and we are very grateful for his contribution,” he said.

Presenting Stanley with gifts, senior port engineer David Buchan said: “I have greatly enjoyed working with Stanley. He undertakes a very responsible and very difficult job and he does so with efficiency.”

He added that Stanley had coped “extremely well” with the major changeover of the slipway to the shiplift which took place at the port more than 10 years ago.

“He has certainly left his mark on this job and he has put in 30 years of excellent effort,” he added.

Stanley, who was also named a “safe pair of hands”, plans to spend time with his grandchild and his wife, Anna, once he retires at the end of the year.

He said: “I am just going to take each day as it comes. I have been working since I was 11 years old so it will be a big change. I am looking forward to having time with my grandchild.”

“My wife deserves a medal for putting up with me and keeping me going through the 30 years!” he joked.