Farming community honours ANM Canvasser’s long service


More than 100 members of the farming community gathered on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at the Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall to honour Michael Delday, Canvasser for the Orkney and outer islands, who has served for more than 44 years at Aberdeen & Northern Marts and retired from the business at the end of last year.
The evening saw Mr Delday receive a bespoke clock, a painting and a substantial cheque in recognition of his hard work and commitment to the agricultural industry, with many of his colleagues in attendance who travelled from Thainstone, Inverurie for the presentation to show their support.
John Gregor, Executive Director, said: “As Scotland’s largest and most active farmer-owned co-operative, we are delighted that Michael’s service has been recognised by the farming community in the Orkney Isles and are proud of his achievements.
“Over the 21 years spent in Orkney, he has built strong links between Thainstone, Orkney and Shetland, and increased our membership and customer base in the area. We are grateful for his service and wish him well in the future.

Mr Delday started as an office boy with ANM in 1972 at the Belmont Mart in Aberdeen and progressed to clerking for auctioneers at branch marts in Ellon and Maud. In 1982, he started travelling to Orkney and Shetland to canvas stock and in 1995 he relocated to Orkney making the islands his home.

John Gregor added: “We are also pleased that Robbie Stanger – a prominent figure in the Orkney agricultural industry – has joined the ANM team and look forward to working with him to maintain and grow strong links with Orkney and the outer isles.”