There was hardly a dry eye in the house, as Coalburn Primary waved goodbye to its head teacher, William Scott.
After 18 years of service at Coalburn and a total of 40 years in education, Mr Scott had decided the time was right to go.
Staff and pupils held a surprise fun afternoon party for him.
Mr Scott told the Gazette: “It hardly seems like 18 years since the Gazette photographer came in to take my photo on arrival in the school. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of staff, parents and children. As I said at the summer assembly there is such a wonderful spirit in the school.”
The Gazette echoes the children cries of ‘have a great retirement.’