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Alan Mackenzie

Printing the Groat

Born: 1950

Duration: 1815 seconds

Type: Audio

Filesize: 28Mb

Recorded: 26 July 2017


About this recording

Alan Mackenzie began his working life at the John O’Groat Journal in 1966 as a message boy before becoming an apprentice printer. In this interview he describes the work involved in preparing pages and getting the presses rolling to print the Groat and Courier every week before the printing operation was eventually moved out of Wick. In the early days, he recalls, they had to make do with “19th-century technology”. Alan was in charge of the production department by the time he left in 2012. By then the digital revolution had taken place and producing newspapers was becoming a much less labour-intensive operation. Alan and his wife Kathryn now run Loch Watten House B&B.


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