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Shipyards hero Jamie steps down.

LEGENDARY union rep Jamie Webster. retired from the Govan shipyards yesterday - delighted to leave the industry - he loves in great shape.

The GMB shop steward started as an apprentice welder in 1966 and played a key role in saving thousands of jobs over the years. When the Kvaerner yards came near closure in 1999, his sheer grit helped keep the gates open until BAE Systems took over.

Jamie said: "That is still the "proudest moment of my life.

"There are 100 apprentices starting in August. I've always said that when I retire, my last wish would be to see that the industry had a future."

Jamie - who won an MBE in " 2004 - stood down as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon cut the first steel for a new ferry to be built at the Ferguson shipyard on the Clyde.

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PROUD GMB shop steward Jamie Webster. Right, Nicola Sturgeon cuts first steel

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