Kathleen to retire after 41 year career

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An Aberdeenshire Council employee is getting ready for a well deserved retirement after 41 years working as a cleaner at Newtonhill Library.

Kathleen Daun, who worked her last day on Wednesday, March 30, had been at the library since 1975.

Speaking to The Leader, Kathleen said: “When I started in 1975 the library was within the old School.

“I cleaned it for 20 years then when the new school was built in 1995 the library moved down to the costal park where it is now and I’ve carried on cleaning it for the past 21 years.

“There have been big changes in that time.

“When I first started it was just books in the library but now there are computers and other technology .

“It’s a lot more used now then when I first started.”

Kathleen is now looking forward to spending more time looking after her garden.

Over her career she became well know by visitors to the library for her floral displays during the holiday times.

“I bring in fresh flowers at no expense to the library and put them in every week.

“And then when it comes to Christmas and Easter I like to do a decoration for the kids, normally a Christmas tree,” she added.

Kathleen is leaving her job at a time when it is seasonally decorated. “At the moment the library is decorated for Easter, the kids really like it,” she said.

Library assistant Olga Moroni worked with Kathleen for many years, and had nothing but kind words for her former colleague.

“She will be much missed,” Olga said.

“Not only because of the work she did so well, but she did much more than that.

“Little things like put up Christmas decorations and bring in a fresh vase of flowers every week.

Olga added that Kathleen “created an environment where everyone was welcome and she will be missed by everyone.”