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Pupils say goodbye to janitor Eoin


By Alistair Whitfield


Janitor Eoin McKenzie who is retiring today. He's pictured with youngsters from Rothes Primary who were having a Jeans for Genes day.
Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Janitor Eoin McKenzie who is retiring today. He's pictured with youngsters from Rothes Primary who were having a Jeans for Genes day. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

Today is the last day at school for Moray janitor Eoin McKenzie after decades of service.

Eoin, who turns 70 later this month, is retiring after clocking up 39 years, having joined the local authority in 1980.

He became the janitor at Rothes and Mortlach primary schools in 2004 and, before that, was a caretaker at Elgin High School.

Rothes pupils and parents gathered yesterday for an assembly to give Eoin a fond farewell.

He was presented with a Rothes tartan scarf, Rothes tea towel and vouchers, by pupil Isla Laing, on behalf of everyone.

Head teacher Faith Sargeant said Eoin will be sorely missed.

She added: "Eoin has gone above and beyond so many times.

"He has done so much for us, and always has a smile on his face. All of the boys and girls, staff and families value the contribution he has made.”

Eoin, who has seen generations of families come and go at the schools during his time, said he is looking forward to having more spare time for hobbies.

He added: "I have got a lot of things I can do. "I’d like to get back into fishing and photography. I’ve got lots of grandchildren, so I’ll enjoy more time with them as well.

"But first, we’re off on a Mediterranean cruise, I always said it would be something we’d do when I retire."



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