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Saturday November 1, 1997

Fond farewell

Teachers come and go so the person who often knows the school best is usually the janny. And when the janny retires after 36 years, it is a day of mixed emotions.

It was in 1961 that Mrs May Corbett approached the head teacher at Brodick Primary, Mr Mowatt, about a cleaning job. He gave her a month’s trial but that month continued until last Friday when she finally left the school.

Cleaner and janitor for most of that time, she gave up the cleaning part 10 years ago to supervise the children in the playground. And that, as well as her other duties, meant that she has probably known all the Brodick children for a very long time. Through six head teachers, countless other teachers and thousands of children, she has seen them come and go. She even has children now who are grandchildren of those she had at the start.

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