Haddo Estate bid farewell to their long-serving head gamekeeper with a retirement lunch held recently at the estate.
Mike Thomson, 61, has worked at Haddo for the past 33 years, with 28 of them spent as head gamekeeper.
The retirement lunch was held on Monday, June 29, and Mike and his wife, Dorothy, were joined by Lord and Lady Aberdeen, Mark Andrew, the estate factor, and other friends and colleagues.
Lord Aberdeen expressed his thanks to Mike for all the years of hard work he had done for the estate.
He said: “He has given many years of loyal service and has carried out all his work duties in a most professional and diligent manner.
“He will be sorely missed.”
Recalling the gamekeeper’s lengthy service, Lord Aberdeen added: “Not only was he an excellent gamekeeper, he had also found time to compete at the very highest level at clay pigeon shooting and during his time on the Estate he had won a bronze and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games held in Canada and Britain respectively.”
During the lunch, Lord and Lady Aberdeen presented Mike with a gold watch.
Mike’s colleagues also presented him with a long service and retirement certificate from Scottish Land and Estates and a sculpture of two pheasants.
Mike said how much he had enjoyed working at Haddo.
He added: “Whilst there have been low points, in general it has been a thoroughly rewarding experience.”
Mike, Dorothy, and their two children, Lesley and Stuart, say they will always regard Haddo as their home.
The long-serving employee is planning a happy retirement in Old Rayne and devoting time for fishing.