Sun sets on Mayfield barman’s career

Joe Higginson  , who has a collection of around 500 ties , and retired recently after a long career as a bar man working at the Sun Inn
Joe Higginson , who has a collection of around 500 ties , and retired recently after a long career as a bar man working at the Sun Inn

A great-grandfather from Mayfield has recently given up his title of the ‘oldest barman in Scotland’ after 45 years working in Midlothian pubs.

Joe Higginson (74), called time on his career when he retired from his job at the Sun Inn in Dalkeith, having previously been employed part-time at the Barley Bree in Easthouses while working for the Coal Board.

He said: “Believe it or not I was quite a shy person. But working in bars you get to know people and it’s quite sociable. I joined the pub teams and I’m still in contact with a lot of folk from there.

“I remember my first day at the Sun Inn , July 9, 1991. I saw a job advert in the Advertiser for a part-time barman there. I loved it at the Sun, I have got so many good memories of working there. I still go down and clean the pipes at the Sun Inn once a week. They say I can’t keep away but I’m just quite happy to do it.”

Joe explained why his job has led to him amassing a huge collection of ties: “When I worked for the Coal Board you always had to wear a collar and tie. Of course shirts wear out but ties don’t, so I have got 500 ties now.

“Some people still give me them as gifts so therefore I still wear them. I’ve even started wearing them at home.”

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