There was an unusual departure ritual for the retiring manager of the Carnoustie Co-operative store at his farewell on Friday.
He had his moustache removed as a sponsored event to raise money for charity.
Jim Morrice (57), Boysack Gardens, Broughty Ferry, has worked in the grocery trade for his entire life and is now looking forward to catching up on life, watching a bit of television and pottering about the garden.
A native Aberdonian, he started his career as a counter assistant at the William Low store in Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, in 1971 before moving to the William Low store in the then new Barnhill Shopping Centre.
He was later promoted to assistant manager and worked in the company’s stores throughout Dundee. On being appointed a manager, he took over the William Low store in Reform Street, Monifieth. He took charge of the new store when it opened in Monifieth High Street and remained in post when it was taken over by Tesco in 1994.
He moved to the Carnoustie High Street Tesco store in January, 1999, and stayed on when the facility was one of several purchased by Lothian, Borders and Angus Co-operative Society in September of that year. He has been in charge of the Carnoustie store ever since.
He told the Guide & Gazette: “My moustache disappeared and the sponsorship amounted to £340 which will be donated to the Co-operative’s charity, the Carers’ Trust.”