Tony has worked with us, in various capacities, for the best part of a decade, and has spent much of that time winning us over with his wit, charm, good nature and irrepressible love of cricket. His leaving gifts had a distinctively crickety theme to them, including membership of the illustrious Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians.
After the formal presentation we legged it to Pizza Express where the latest IR babies, Martha and Jack, were adored and cuddled, and the rest of us stuffed our faces.
Luckily for most of us it was not so much "so long" as "see you soon", as Tony lives in glorious Darley Dale and gets frequent visits from many of the team to his lovely cottage.
So stick a brew on Tony, we're on our way already!