Friends, colleagues and patients of Forfar dentist Colin Yule gathered together on Thursday to mark his retirement after 35 years at the Castle Street dental practice.
He was presented with a number of gifts to mark his retirement, including a painting of Forfar, gift vouchers, fishing gear and a fishing lesson.
Colin qualified in 1980 from Dundee Dental Hospital.
He worked at the Oral Surgery Department at the Dental Hospital and DRI in 1980/1981 before starting as an associate to Jim Estill in Castle Street, Forfar on July 28, 1981.
He became a partner in 1988 and sole owner in 2000.
During his career Colin bought over and combined two practices in Carnoustie in 1989 and 1991 which he sold in 2012.
As well as working in his practices he has acted as a Dental GP Training Adviser at the Dundee Dental Hospital, a post he has held since 1991, and as a Dental Practice Inspector for Tayside Health Board, a post he has held since 2014. He said: “I retired from Clinical Practice on July 28, exactly 35 years after starting and feel very proud and privileged to have done so.”
Colin wrote personal letters to his patients announcing his decision to retire.
In them he said: “It has been with very mixed feelings that I have made this decision. During my time here I have worked with some of the best staff and colleagues one could ever have imagined.
“I have also been privileged to have known a great deal of wonderful patients over my 35 years in the Castle Street practice.
“One of the benefits of such length of tenure is that I have got to know such people, not only just as patients, but also as friends.”
Colin and his staff attended a retirement meal at the Drover’s Inn at Memus on Thursday evening where a number of presentations were made.