North Lanarkshire Council bids a fond farewell head of central services John Fleming on his retiral.
And to mark the occasion, John was presented with an unexpected early gift from veterans of the Cameronians regiment - a special commemorative bottle of whisky.
The presentation was made by Alex Maxwell, Tony McNulty and Tam McLaughlan to thank John for all his efforts in supporting events including Armed Forces Day, Remembrance Sunday and the recent Far East Prisoner of War Memorial day.
John said: “I am very grateful to Alex, Tam and Tony for this gift.
“Through the ex-Cameronians, I have learned a lot more about one of the most distinguished regiments in the history of the British Army. The ex-Cameronians are a great bunch, and it is a real privilege to have worked with them.”
John who attended Coatbridge High School, served his legal apprenticeship with the County Clerk of Lanark before becoming a solicitor with the County Council.
He moved from Strathclyde Region to North Lanarkshire Council during the reorganisation shadow year of 1995.
Council chief executive Gavin Whitefield said: “John has made a massive contribution to the development of this authority and I have greatly valued his sound advice and knowledge.
“In particular, John’s expertise in the running of elections is second to none and I have enjoyed working with him on many elections.
“I would like to thank John for his exceptional commitment to the council and wish him all the very best for the future.”