Richard Batson worked his last day at the North Norfolk News after four decades of service with regional publisher Archant and its forerunner Eastern Counties Newspapers.
Richard worked at the Cromer-based NNN for 23 years, initially as chief reporter, before taking up the editor’s role.
He described Richard, pictured above left at the party, as “a great journalist and a gentle man”.
During his 40-year stint with ECN and Archant, Richard divided his time between its newspaper offices in King’s Lynn, Wisbech, Dereham, Swaffham, Diss and Great Yarmouth.
Richard has now moved to his position as director of news at PR at the Newsmakers agency in Norwich.
At the party he received gifts from colleagues, and Cromer Pier staff presented him with a plaque for a seat of his choice in its pavilion theatre for use in future visits, plus a lifetime’s Friends of Theatre membership.
Pier spokesman Bruce Stratton said Richard had been a loyal supporter, and a fair, frank and honest reviewer over many years.
Archant colleagues presented him with a watch and a spoof EDP front page at a later gathering in Norwich.