Birthday milestone for George

A WELL-KNOWN figure in Morpeth’s farming community has marked a milestone birthday.

Former livestock auctioneer George Strachan has reached the grand age of 90 — and he is still showing no let-up in his activities.

When Mr Strachan moved to Morpeth in 1950 he was in charge of five weekly markets and was made honorary auctioneer.

He served on the National Livestock Auctioneers Committee, the Meat and Livestock Commission and The Ministry of Food Liaison Committee, and was appointed Auctioneer Valuer for the Government, as well as training budding auctioneers.

He was Chairman, President and Commentator for two agricultural shows, a member of the Ayrshire Breeders Shepherds and has been honoured by the Jacob Sheep Society for his extensive judging record. He also has more than 200 rosettes for showing sheep.

Mr Strachan has been a member of Morpeth Rotary Club for 47 years and was President in 1975. He was awarded the Centenary Certificate for services to the community and received the national Paul Harris Fellowship for exceptional service.

He has also written books about his experiences, selling more than 4,000 copies.