Mike celebrates his 40th!

Angus Divisional Editor Mike Rankin in his office.
Angus Divisional Editor Mike Rankin in his office.

Veteran journalist Mike Rankin has had a career milestone officially recognised by the publishers of this

newspaper.

Tuesday, September 8, marked the start of his 41st year of continuous service with Johnston Press PLC whom he joined as a 17-year-old cub reporter.

This week he received official recognition of the achievement which has been marked with a special long-service award.

A Paisley man, Mike rose steadily through the ranks while working for Johnston Press titles in Fife.

He was head of news for North East Fife until January 2013 when he was appointed editor of the Mearns Leader in Stonehaven and its sister title, the Banchory-based Deeside Piper, which went on to feature in the Johnston Press Awards in March 2014.

In April of this year he was appointed head of the company’s Angus newspaper division, which incorporates the Arbroath Herald, the Guide and Gazette, Forfar Dispatch, Kirriemuir Herald, Montrose Review, Brechin Advertiser and also the Stornoway Gazette based in the Western Isles.

A family man, he also has wide-ranging interests which include riding his scooter - a severe ankle injury two years ago put paid to his lifelong love of fast motorcycles - river canoeing, fishing, the great outdoors and, more recently, target pistol shooting.

He said this week: ‘‘It’s gratifying to have had my career recognised in this way.

‘‘I can’t believe the passage of time - the past

four decades have just flown by.’’