Remarkable Leader reader celebrates 92nd birthday

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Local man Andrew Campbell celebrated his 92nd birthday on Monday of this week,

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Daughter Elizabeth Duguid got in touch to tell us about her father’s landmark day and explain how the nonagenarian had read the Mearns Leader his entire adult life.

In addition, Laura Ogilvie, who is engaged to Mr Campbell’s grandson, Scott, and mother to his great grandson, Kieran, provided further information.

A well-known local figure, Mr Campbell was married to the late Margaret Ross and they had four children, Elizabeth Duguid, Morag Colley, Kenny Campbell and Angus Campbell.

Mr Campbell started his working life on the family’s Newbiggin Farm, in Rickarton.

He lived at Mill of Mowtie and moved on to work for the late Marr Donald at Craigwell, Netherley.

During the war he served in the Home Guard, and patrolled the local area.

He moved to Mowtie Cottages, Rickarton, in 1952 and has lived there ever since.

After his retirement, Mr Campbell worked as a groundsman at Stonehaven Bowling Club.

He may well be the Leader’s oldest reader and a bit of rough arithmetic leads us to believe he has read well over 4,000 editions, some 200,000 pages and countless millions of words - just as well he takes a great interest in all political topics and spends his time reading books on local history!

Everyone connected to the Mearns Leader would like to say a heartfelt ‘many happy returns’ to Mr Campbell.