Who are we? - Chapter 1
- Date: 3rd October 2017
He was able to get an account with the facility of a maximum overdraft of the princely sum of £500. Had he been asking this now I'm sure he'd have been laughed out the door, luckily things were simpler back then. In November 1960, C I McPherson Optician was born - in the back room of Simpson's Pharmacy on the current site.
In the early days it was all hands to the pumps - his receptionist was his mother in law and his wife, Vera took care of the bookkeeping. Charlie also did sessions in Michie the Chemist whilst building up a patient base. It wasn't long before he was also making trips to Alford working with the GP's there.
Later he made his own entrance through the tenement corridor of 21 King Street and added an extra room for use in the provision of contact lenses. This was the first of a series of evolutions and refurbishments to grow the business and establish the practice as a centre of clinical excellence.
He bought Cameron Cottage in Alford and worked from 2 rooms in the cottage every Tuesday for many years. Latterly this was taken over by his son Malcolm McPherson who still runs a clinic in Alford every Tuesday but now from the GP Health Centre.
In the late 1970's he bought the rest of the ground floor of 23 King Street which he let out until it was required.
In the mid-eighties he was joined by his sons Stephen and Malcolm. This signalled the need to expand again and this time they took over the front shop of 23 King Street and refurbished to offer a spacious reception and frame selection area along with a dedicated dispensing area. Around the same time significant investment was made in state of the art technology to give access to never before available images on the internal eye. In fact their ImageNet camera system was one of the first two instruments to be imported into the UK. One went to a contact lens practitioner in Harley Street and the other to McPherson Optician, Aberdeen.
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Although only a one man practice in the earlier years, he served on the Area Optical Committee and the Scottish Committee of Ophthalmic Opticians in each case becoming Chairman. He served for 15 years on the Council of the British College of Optometrists in London at one stage elected as President and is still well respected within the Optical Profession.