A receptionist hung up her headset for the last time yesterday after more then 39 years at Aberdeen Journals.
Doris Senff is now looking forward to her retirement, with a trip to New Zealand and plenty of lunch dates already organised.
Mrs Senff got her first job at the business in 1977 as a shorthand typist, and over the years she has worked the telephone switchboard, in the former Union Street shop, and attended countless roadshows.
Yesterday, the 59-year-old was presented with a watch, a bottle of bubbly, chocolates, flowers and other treats to mark her years of service.
Mrs Senff is now planning to jet off to New Zealand with her husband for a well-deserved holiday next spring.
She said: “I’m excited for the future.
“It’s been an amazing time working here. It never felt like work, it always felt like coming in to meet friends.
“It will be strange not coming into work, but I’ve got a night out every day this weekend so it will be good not having to come into work on Monday.”
And Mrs Senff is determined to make the most of her retirement.
She said: “I still do my Indian head massage, and I’ve joined the Aberdeen Indoor Bowling Club, and I’ll be going to the gym a lot and doing a lot of walking.
“I’ll be a lady who lunches.”