AS THE bagpipes sounded on a warm winter afternoon outside Bundaberg Police Station, Superintendent Rowan Bond walked the beat for the final time.
After 39 years and five months exactly to the day he was sworn in to the service, Supt Bond today hung up his hat to begin the years of his retirement.
His fellow colleagues formed a guard of honour outside the station, where he was farewelled by detectives, plain-clothed and uniform officers, friends and family.
"I had a bit of dust in my eye," the ever affable policeman said with a laugh.
"It had to come to an end at some point."
Behind every good policeman, according to Supt Bond, is his wife who, in this case, is Robyn.
"I've been very proud of what he has achieved in those years," she said.
"He's a bike copper (at) heart - always has been and always will be."
The Bonds plan to retire in Bundaberg, but not before a well-earned trip up north on their new Moto Guzzi motorbike.