Bill’s 50 years in pharmacy

Bill Christie,  who has just retired after working as a pharmacist for 50 years
Bill Christie, who has just retired after working as a pharmacist for 50 years

FOR 50 years a Burntisland man has been helping the people of Fife with their pharmaceutical needs.

Bill Christie worked as a pharmacist at various spots around the Kingdom until his retirement last month, and says it was something that he always wanted to do.

‘‘I was a pupil at Kirkcaldy High School and I was the only one in my class who wanted to be a pharmacist,” he said.

‘‘My physics teacher told me I could do it the easy way or the hard way.

‘‘He said I should go to college straight away but I wanted to do an apprenticeship first - the hard way!

“In the end I dropped out of my apprenticeship and went to Heriot-Watt University where I got my qualification.

‘‘However I actually qualified to be a pharmacist nine months before I was able to work.

‘‘You can’t be a pharmacist until you’re 21 so I had to kick my heels for nine months before I was able to get my certificate for my 21st birthday in 1962 and I’ve been in constant employment ever since.”

Bill took over the pharmacy in Burtisland High Street in 1963 and remained there for the next 25 years.

He sold the business to Lloyds then worked in a shop in Kelty for the next eight years.

“I loved working there,” said Bill.

“It’s a lovely community and the people were very nice.

‘‘After Kelty I worked as a locum for a couple of years. I’ve been working in Aberdour for the last two years also.”

Bill is now three weeks into retirement and says that giving up his pharmacy work will be hard.

“It was such a big part of my life and for so long that it’s something that I will miss.

“Unfortunately my wife has developed Parkinson’s Disease so I’ve retired sooner than I planned to help look after her.

“But I’m really enjoying myself - I’m slipping into retirement nicely!”