Two Boys’ Brigade officers with 75 years of service between them are set to retire.
After 40 and 35 years respectively, Duncan Smith, 64, and Mike Mackie, 71, plan on stepping down from their roles.
Both men have spent decades volunteering as officers at the Culter 47th Boys’ Brigade.
The pair will leave their roles with the BB group, whose sessions are on a Thursday at 6.30pm in Culter School, in May.
Duncan, a librarian at Aberdeen Journals, joined the BBs as a youngster in 1962 in the Junior section, then called the Life Boys, before becoming an officer in the late 1970s.
He said: “I’ve always been involved with the BBs through the years, even when I was working night shift I would be helping out at the summer camps in Ballater.”
It wasn’t long before he became an officer, starting his training in 1978 and being certified in 1980.
He added: “I went through company section training with the Junior section, which involves a lot of physical things, like marching.”
Duncan admitted that he wasn’t too sure how he first got involved in the BBs, before saying: “I suppose it was because a lot of my pals went, and I went along.”
He reminisced on the amount of friendships he has made in his time, saying: “I still go on holiday with some of them. Some good friendships have been made through the years.”
Mike, a retired painter and decorator, started in 1983, when his wife, who was also an officer for a short time, asked him to go along.
He said: “That was 35 years ago, and I’ve been there ever since.”
On the timing of his retirement, Mike said: “I’ve finally retired from work, and we’ve got a lot of new officers coming through, so I want to step down to let them take over.”
Mike said his favourite thing about his tenure was meeting boys in the street who remembered him from their childhood.
When asked what the BBs had taught him, Duncan said: “I suppose the importance of giving back a bit of what I had as a boy.”