Oban Times stalwart logs off after 55 years

The longest serving member of staff at The Oban Times, Davie Buchanan, was given the privilege of outputting the very last front page of the newspaper in its broadsheet format. Davie, who has worked for The Oban Times for 53 years, said he would find the day an emotional one after such long service.
Davie Buchanan retires on Friday October 27 after 55 years with The Oban Times.

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It will be a momentous and emotional day at The Oban Times tomorrow (Friday October 30), when the company’s longest-serving member, David Buchanan, officially logs off his computer and retires.

Davie started working for the company as a fresh-faced youth in 1965, aged 17.

He said: ‘In those days you didn’t bother with formal interviews. I went in to see the then managing director Alan Cameron and while I was there a tiny screw from one of the legs of his glasses leg fell out and dropped on the carpet. He said to me ‘If you can find it, the job is yours!’ I did and I started the next day.’

Fifty-five years later, Davie has held a number of positions in the company and seen a lot of changes.

From office boy, Davie progressed to the print room in the days of hot metal when the company printed its own newspapers. He was later promoted to production manager and latterly has been responsible for page design and sport, laying out the pages on a computer and sending everything to the printer at the press of a button.

Operations director Keith MacIntyre said: ‘Davie has been a stalwart member of the Oban Times team for 55 years – an incredible achievement in any industry, but almost unheard off in the ever-changing world of newspapers.

‘Throughout his time in the business, Davie has been a fantastic support to all his colleagues and his knowledge, wit and wisdom will be sorely missed.

‘Everyone at Wyvex Media is grateful for everything Davie has done for the business during his career and wishes him a wonderful, long and healthy retirement.’

Editor Susan Windram added: ‘Davie has been a wonderful colleague, with nothing too much trouble. He is a fount of all knowledge when it comes to Oban and The Oban Times and that has been invaluable to me personally as editor.

‘I wish Davie all the best and I suspect, once Covid restrictions relax, Oban Saints will gain from our loss!’

Davie continued: ‘I have loved every minute of my 55 years with the company. I started in the office then moved on to be an apprentice compositor and linotype operator before desktop publishing came along. I was promoted to production manager then moved to page layout in the editorial department.

‘There has never been a dull moment and there have been plenty of laughs. And while for the last few months we have all had to work from home due to Covid, I will miss my colleagues.’

Oban Times deputy editor Martin Laing approaches the fourth green
Oban Times deputy editor Martin Laing approaches the fourth green. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

Friday will also see deputy editor Martin Laing retire. Martin joined the company in May 2016.

He said: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Oban Times. The team has been fantastic and the readers even better. However, in a curious twist, my retirement means I can resume my weekly At Random column and I am really looking forward to engaging with the readers again.

‘Retirement also means my wife and I will have more time to enjoy the wonderful Oban and Argyll area at leisure. Many thanks to everyone.’