Well respected Arbroath dentist Gordon Thomson packed up his probes for the last time after retiring last week following 28 years service.
A keen golfer, cyclist, walker and sailor, Gordon is not worried about what to do during his retirement.
“It is not as if it has been a big surprise, I’ve known I was going to be 60 for a while!
“I’ve got lots of hobbies and look forward to spending time enjoying them,” he said.
Gordon went to Dundee High School and qualified in dentistry from Dundee University in 1979 before taking up a short commission in the Royal Navy.
He served in Plymouth, Gibraltar and aboard the now retired, HMS Antrim in the West Indies before moving to Peterborough.
After meeting fellow dentist Susan, the couple married and had a son, Alistair, now an accountant in London, before settling in Broughty Ferry in 1986.
Gordon has served his section of the people of Arbroath, enjoying time as chairman of the Scottish Dental Vocational Training Committee, held positions with British Dental Association and as well as being a Postgraduate Dental Advisor at Dundee University.
His colleagues from the practice gifted him vouchers to spend on cycling gear and a beautiful print of a Broughty Ferry scene.
“I will be sad to see him go,” said colleague Ian Macleod. “We have worked together for a long time.”
Stepping into the footsteps of Mr Thomson is David Comiskey, from Armagh, Northern Ireland.
David qualified from Dundee University in 2013 before starting work at Kirriemuir Dental Practice where he then transferred to 121 Dental Practice.
“The Kirriemuir practice recommended David to us and we are glad to have him,” said Mr Macleod.