Retirement party for Dr Bob Murray

Dr Bob Murray celebrates his retirement with wife Rosemary at the stovie dance
Dr Bob Murray celebrates his retirement with wife Rosemary at the stovie dance

A North-east doctor has retired after 35 years as a GP at Crimond Medical Centre and more than 12 years as company doctor at Score Group in Peterhead.

Dr Robert Murray’s retirement was marked on Friday, September 5 with a stovie dance at the Tufted Duck Hotel, St Combs.

Since 1979 he has been affectionately known as ‘Dr Bob’ to many of his patients in Crimond, St Fergus, Inverallochy, Cairnbulg, St Combs, Longside, Lonmay, Fetterangus, Memsie and Rathen.

Although the hanging-up of his stethoscope had been celebrated in July at a formal afternoon tea with presentations and speeches, the dance was another opportunity for more than 100 friends, patients and colleagues to show their appreciation and thanks in the relaxed and comfortable setting of the Tufted Duck.

In a short welcoming speech Ann Bell, chair of the Crimond Practice Equipment Fund, thanked the sponsors of the event, and in particular Lesley Ann Ritchie and her team at the Tufted Duck for hosting proceedings.

Conrad Ritchie, a trustee of Crimond Charitable Trust and a patient of Dr Bob since his own childhood days in St Combs, then paid tribute to the man whom he described as ‘one of the most highly respected GPs in the North-East’.

Bob and Rosemary are heading off to Tuscany for a well-earned family holiday, after which it is hoped that they will return for a long and happy retirement in their home patch.

As an indication of Bob’s ability and popularity as a local GP, more than £2,000 was raised on the night for the Crimond Practice Equipment Fund.

The organisers and CPEF committee members have expressed their gratitude to many local individuals and businesses, including Elaine Brown and Donalds of Peterhead for supplying the two auction items.