One of the longest-serving members of staff at Aberdeen Specsavers received a spec-tacular 70th birthday surprise from her colleagues.

Maggie Matthews has worked at Specsavers in Union Street – one of Scotland’s largest opticians – for 28 years and fellow staff were delighted to have the opportunity of thanking her for her sustained hard work and diligence over the years.

They surprised her with presents, flowers, cake, and balloons before paying tribute to her valued contribution across almost three decades.


Maggie joined the store back in 1991 when it had not long moved from being part of BHS. Back then it was just a one-man team led by optometrist and director Peter Beaton.

She worked on the shop floor when staff covered a wide spectrum of duties including dispensing and checking lab jobs. Maggie has seen the store transform its record-keeping from manual paper filing in big cabinets through to going fully digital and harnessing technology for more efficient working which is now at the heart of how the store delivers its service.

Starting off in a small basement office, Maggie manually looked after the store’s administrative processes in the pre-computer era, before it expanded to encompass over six floors with a large team of admin staff.

Now past retirement, Maggie works two days a week but remains very busy, dividing her time between work, ballroom dancing, swimming, walking and looking after her five grandchildren.

The fit septuagenarian has even undertaken the Kilt Walk event for the last three years, in the process raising much-needed funds for various charities including The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation last year.

Along with colleagues, Maggie pledged her support to the Foundation in memory of Specsavers colleague, Stonehaven store director Tom Simpson, who passed away as a result of lung cancer.

This year to mark her service in store, Maggie will be presenting medals to the winners of the Specsavers 2k race - part of the Baker Hughes running festival taking place in May.

Maggie said: ‘It was a lovely surprise from everyone at the store, and I was delighted by the kind gifts. I can’t believe it’s been 28 years and that I celebrated my 70th birthday in the store, but I still love coming in and catching up with everyone. It’s a great place to work.’

A word from the store director

Store Director at Specsavers Aberdeen, Dave McGinty, said: ‘Maggie continues to amaze us all with her energy. She’s a very popular lady, a vital part of the team, and we’ve been very lucky to have her for so long.’

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