FORMER Motherwell Times chief reporter Allan McIntyre has been recognised for giving 40 years service to the National Union of Journalists.
The Lanarkshire branch of the NUJ held a presentation night at Da Claudio restaurant in Motherwell last week where Allan was awarded with a life membership of the union.
After leaving Dalziel High, Allan worked for a year in local government before joining the Motherwell Times as a trainee reporter in December 1970.
In 1973 following a course at Napier University he was promoted to senior reporter, having passed the NCTJ industry exams at the age of just 19, one of the youngest to ever do so.
In 1987 Allan became chief reporter and deputy editor of the Times, a position he held until April 2006 when he was appointed editor of the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald.
Over a great number of years Allan held various positions within the Lanarkshire branch of the NUJ, including service as both chairman and treasurer.
He said: “Having been a proud member of the union for all these years I was delighted to be recognised for my service with receipt of my life membership.
“I was equally delighted to be able to see so many colleagues, both past and present, at the presentation evening and pleased they were able to enjoy the occasion with me.”