Professor Colville Laird retires from BASICS Scotland

A celebration was held on Saturday 23rd February 2019 to mark the retirement of Professor Colville Laird from BASICS Scotland.

The official send off was held at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and was attended by friends, family and colleagues who have worked with Colville from the beginning of BASICS Scotland right up to present day.

It was a fantastic evening with plenty of stories and messages wishing Colville all the best in his retirement and at one point it was felt fitting to include his life like portrait to the walls of the college for his contribution to pre-hospital emergency care in Scotland.

As part of the send off, a video containing just some of the messages that we have received for Colville was shown (see below) along with speeches from: BASICS Scotland current chair David Bywater; former chair of BASICS Scotland Iain Mcnicol; Paul Gowens thanking Colville for what he has done for the Paramedic profession; former BASICS Scotland Chair Hal Maxwell and last but not least was Claire Maitland from The Sandpiper Trust.

After signing a disclaimer saying he would not hold BASICS Scotland responsible for any damage he may cause with items purchased with his gift voucher he was presented with a toy tool box, gift card for Amazon, a book containing a copy of the messages sent in and a beautiful clock inscribed with a message from BASICS Scotland.

After the presentation, Colville finished off with thank you’s and some very wise words including a reading of the poem “Don’t Quit” (a copy of which can be found below in photo gallery).

Colville will be sorely missed in the organisation but we wish him well for the future and we are sure we haven’t seen the last of him here in Aberuthven.


Below are some pictures from the evening.