Northern Scot editor Pauline Taylor has retired after 45 years in journalism.
Taylor joined the Scot, a weekly paid-for title, in 1979 working her way from chief reporter to news editor and for the past five years as editor.
Taylor has picked up a host of awards and was named Highlands and Islands journalist of the year last year for her campaigning stance on issues such as the local hospital maternity unit and mental health.
On the day of her retirement Taylor was whisked away in a classic 1930s car with company mascot Scotty the Newshound who she created to attract more young readers.
Friends, colleagues and community leaders paid tribute to Taylor and she received messages of congratulations from the new first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond and Scottish film star Sean Connery.
Taylor said: ‘I have had a lovely career and enjoyed nearly every minute of it. It has been a great experience and I have worked with some really tremendous people at the Northern Scot. I couldn’t have hoped to have been part of a better team.
‘I always wanted to be a journalist and I remember my school headmistress tried to stop me because at that time not many women went into journalism. I was very lucky to get the chance and I have never regretted it.”
Taylor has been replaced by the paper’s deputy editor Mike Collins.