HORIZON Group volunteers said a fond farewell last night to Aberdeenshire Council’s Ian Thomson who is retiring later this month from his post as landscape services officer.
Alan Cairnduff told Ian, who has regularly attended their meetings, the group would miss his guidance and expertise.
He said: ” the landscape services remit covers a vast area of Kincardineshire with a multitude of tasks from graveyards to grass cutting, and yet you always found enough time to give Council support at our meetings.
”The public don’t really appreciate what you and your department accomplish despite staff shortages and budget restrictions.
”You have created in Stonehaven, over the years, a lovely seafront with a super playpark and many facilities for sport and recreation in Mineralwell Park. There is also the revamping of the Burns Memorial Garden, tree planting in Farrochie Park, bulbs in many locations and the lots of seating on the promenade, to name but a few.”
He added: ”We will miss your guidance and expertise in future and can only hope you have a helpful successor ready to fill your Wellingtons.”
Mr Thomson is pictured third from the left in the front row.