Doug Friar has retired after over 14 years with Waterman Aspen in the North West. Doug, who has been Seconded to Conwy County council for the full term of his time at Waterman had a celebratory lunch in Llandudno in the Queens Head restaurant and pub attended by close Conwy colleagues and Linda and Anna from the Waterman Aspen management team. Doug wore an original Aspen Associates tie to the event!
It was a touching affair, with Doug arriving in style in a reconditioned Westfield with 3.9 v8 engine (restored and owned by Saul Huck, another WA secondee). The meal at the Queens Head was simply quality fare and totally delicious and with friendly attentive staff looking after the table. Doug made a heart warming speech thanking everyone for making the effort to share his day and for their support over the years.
Linda McGregor thanked Doug for all his loyalty and efforts over the years and presented him with a card and special gift. There was a toast with Champagne all round! Doug managed to surprise Linda McGregor by presenting her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers to thank Linda personally for the contact and time spent over the years following his progress and staying in touch. During the meal Doug entertained the table with his oratory skills and recanting several works of “Various” trying to keep it with acceptable content whilst ladies were present. He did, however, daringly spout an Australian Bush poem called “The dogs they had a meeting” and reference made to their rear anatomy. Here is the link if you wish to read it!
Doug’s home is in Billinge, St Helens but throughout his term at Conwy he worked away in North Wales hence he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife at home and already starting to dream up trips and activities for them to share together during his retirement. His passion is photography and most of the pictures of the day were taken on his £6k Cannon camera – which Anna found difficult to stop using on the day. Doug’s colleagues and friends had a few words to say on the quiet out of earshot of Doug to say how much he will be missed and that a nicer man would be hard to find.
We all wish Doug a wonderful, long and happy retirement – pictures and poems are expected to keep coming in regaling his retirement journey!