End of an era for Courier Centre staff

Rebecca Harvey, left, and Ailie MacBrayne outside the Courier Centre shop.
Rebecca Harvey, left, and Ailie MacBrayne outside the Courier Centre shop.

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It will be the end of an era at the Campbeltown Courier and Krisp Print today (Friday October 30) as two members of staff, with a combined 30 years of service, officially leave the company.

A spokesman for Wyvex Media, which owns both companies, said: ‘Unfortunately our businesses have been hit hard by restrictions imposed due to coronavirus and we have reluctantly decided that we need to concentrate all our efforts in securing a stable future for our newspapers and magazines, including the Campbeltown Courier.

‘Sadly, this decision means two loyal, hard-working members of staff, Ailie MacBrayne and Rebecca Harvey, have been made redundant and Wyvex Media would like to place on record our thanks to each of them for everything they have contributed to the business over many years. We wish them every success in the future.’

Ailie began her career at Krisp Print 17 years ago, carrying out administrative work at the company’s Burnbank Street premises where the old print press which once printed the Courier was used.

Her job evolved into printing and, as the industry turned digital, she moved to the company’s Main Street and Longrow South office in 2013.

Rebecca began working for the Courier as an advertising assistant 13 years ago and became the friendly face of the newspaper’s front desk, processing all incoming advertisements and announcements.

For the last seven years, in addition to their other work, Rebecca and Ailie ran the Courier Centre card and gift shop.

Rebecca said: ‘Redundancy came as a shock and with sadness as I have really enjoyed my time at the Courier and shop and the buzz of working in the heart of Campbeltown.

‘I have worked with and met such a lot of people over the years, many of whom have become friends, and I will miss them all. Leaving in the current circumstances means I haven’t been able to say goodbye to everyone the way I’d have liked but hopefully in the future there will be a chance to catch-up.’

Ailie added: ‘I will miss all the customers I’ve dealt with over the years, as well as the office environment.’

Wyvex Media’s spokesman added the company is in advanced discussions with a potential new owner of the Courier Centre card and gift shop – closed since the start of the pandemic – which would allow it to re-open in the near future.

Anyone wishing to submit an advert to the Courier can still do so by emailing adverts@campbeltowncourier.co.uk or telephoning 01631 568000.