Law firm Wansbroughs has said goodbye to long-serving solicitor Richard Drury, who has retired after 45 years with the company.
Property law consultant Richard studied law at Bristol University before joining the firm's Bristol office in 1973 as an articulated clerk – the name given to trainee solicitors.
His articles – which are still in his possession – required him to 'work cheerfully' – something colleagues said he had done ever since.
He joined the Devizes office, which was located in Market Place, in 1975, working alongside partners Ian Ireland and David Bousfield.
Since Richard joined the firm it has quadrupled in size and now has over 100 staff. In 1987 the firm outgrew its Market Place offices and moved to its present home at Northgate House.
"I have seen quite a few changes," said Richard, "but what has not changed is the firm’s service for clients."
Richard, a member of several sports clubs in and around Devizes, said he will spend his retirement travelling with his wife Sue, and playing golf, as well as making the most of the garden and spending time with family.
He was thanked by Wansbroughs chairman Stuart McGregor-Johnson, who joined the firm just three years after Richard.