Maltster says thank-you to Jimmy for his long service

A former maltings operator has been thanked by Berwick-based Simpsons Malt following his retirement after 44 years, eight months and one day with the company.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 9:23 am
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 5:58 pm
A hand shake between Jimmy Thompson and operations director Steven Rowley, right, on Jimmy’s last day working for Simpsons Malt.

Jimmy Thompson started on April 17, 1975, working in the old Saladin boxes.

Over the next four-and-a-half decades, he enjoyed many different roles that are involved in the malt production process – including malt screening and operating the germination-kilning vessels.

Most recently, he worked shifts at the Glen Ord peating plant, helping to produce peated malt that is loaded onto wagons and containers for the company’s distilling customers across the UK and the rest of the world.

Reflecting on his time with Simpsons Malt, Jimmy said: “It’s been such a brilliant firm to work for and I’ve made a lot of friends over the years.

“Although the business has grown massively since I’ve been here, it still has that family feel to it. Everybody helps one another and I’ve always been very well looked after, so it’s no wonder people choose to stay for as long as they do.”

With most people taking the opportunity to relax once they retire, Jimmy plans to keep busy with a spot of painting and decorating, and there are a couple of jobs lined up in familiar surroundings – the bait cabin and laboratory at Simpsons Malt.

Richard Simpson, the company’s vice chairman, said: “I’d like to thank Jimmy for his 44 years of fantastic service here at the Home of Good Malt and I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the staff here in wishing him a very happy retirement.”