It may not be the most conventional route to leading a company worth £12 million, but for the orphan who grew up in Fife, joined the Army at 15, lost his mining job during the 1980s strike and became known as “the tattie man” as he sold vegetables door-to-door, life has been “fantastic”.
As he prepares to retire at the end of this month, Brian Tannerhill (63) admits he could never have imagined that his idea to build something sustainable for the Mayfield community from a modest £5 a week collection from local businesses would grow to provide more than 200 jobs and thousands of pounds of grants to worthy projects.
“I’ve had the most fantastic, enjoyable life,” he said.
“Sometimes you’ve got to pinch yourself and think ‘have I really achieved all that?’ I was a simple miner – I haven’t been to university or got any special qualifications – but I’ve got drive, determination and lead from the front.”
Read Brian’s - and McSence’s - story in this week’s Advertiser.