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19th May, 2017

My last ever departure was a little ahead of the schedule, giving me enough time for a quick change and down to the farewell cocktail party which was programmed to start thirty minutes earlier than normal. The reason I learned, and as you might imagine, was to present a very special ‘farewell’to me.

There was an amazing video put together by the various departments wishing a happy retirement, very poignant words from my closest colleagues and a number of generous presentations, including a special ‘something’for Mrs R. Then a great number of the off duty crew and officers came on to the stage and sang a new tongue in cheek version of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, which became ‘It’s my way, or the gangway’. If you have met me you will smile I hope, realising my often wicked sense of humour has now been turned into song. Apparently a few tears were shed, and it wasn’t an easy act to follow. I paid tribute not only to the amazing people I have had the pleasure of working with, the fantastic journey I have had in my 13 years with Saga, but most importantly the rock in my life, my wonderful wife Helen, who is so much better with passengers than I. ‘She is my rock’, I told them, ‘The only rock I wouldn’t avoid’.

And so, just one more arrival, Dover in the morning. Where have those 48 years gone, and seemingly just in the blink of an eye? But looking back over more than ten years of Saga Blogging, putting my photos to the words and comparing my professional diary from the time, will be a joy to dip into now and again. What will I be doing on Saturday? Well, getting the runner beans in of course! And then perusing the job list…… leisure.

It’s farewell from Mrs H and me. We look forward as one door closes, to the other side of the next door opening. Not with fear or trepidation, but with optimism and hope for a long and happy future, ‘God willing’….as my old Mum used to say!


Philip Rentell

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