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Eyeing up retirement after 35 years at Newquay branch

Post on 15th January 2018

A popular and well-respected optometrist was given a surprise send-off when he retired from a Newquay opticians after 35 years.

John McLaughlin from Varnals Opticians on East Street, part of Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care, was presented with a camera and whisky as colleagues paid tribute to his care and dedication to his patients.

John, aged 64, said: “When I saw the banners and balloons I thought it might be someone’s birthday, then I realised it was for my retirement! It was quite a surprise. I do not think it has quite sunk in.

“From the day I started the staff here have been lovely and friendly. It makes all the difference when you are ethically and professionally-minded, to have that back-up and support. I have been privileged to have had that all these years.It is a great place to work and I will miss everything about it.”

The Newquay resident will continue his links with the profession as treasurer of the Cornwall Local Optical Committee. Retirement will also give him more time with his family and pastimes which include singing with Newquay Male Voice Choir and helping to run a guitar club.

Branch manager Sharon Pritchard said: “We wanted to do something special to mark John’s retirement. He is well-known and well-liked by colleagues and patients. He is very professional and thorough and always has time for people. We will miss him.”

Scrivens’ chairman Nicholas Georgevic and Jeet Saimbi, professional services and training director, attended the presentation to thank John for his long service and wish him well for the future.