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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Special visitor for Lochmaben factory

THE team at Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) in Lochmaben recently welcomed a very special guest to the site.

The daughter of the founder of the roof tile factory, Mary Colburn (nee Gibson), who worked at the site for her father, visited with her husband Paul, and daughter Maria and son-in-law Glen.

Mary’s father John Gibson founded what was originally the Annandale Tile Company. She remembers the very birth of roof tile manufacturing at the Halleaths site in 1965.

The Gibsons were a respectable family of master tilers and slaters, dating back to 1842.

Both Mary and Paul still follow the progress of Russell Roof Tiles and have become good friends of the business, regularly keeping in contact with its team.

They were having a few days holiday in Scotland and took the opportunity to visit the site. Mary and her family were given a tour, which is still at the same location as when her father started the business.

Operations director Bruce Laidlaw said: “We were delighted to welcome Mary and her family back to Halleaths and to show them all around the site, explaining the recent developments and our plans for the future.”

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