I was on the Patience (3/E) in '80 when John Nicholson had one, of reportedly 6, retirement do's. This one was in the Isle of Grain with quite a number of HO staff there. As I remember he had other do's in Rotterdam and Harlow with others obviously elsewhere. Again, as I remember it, he was given quite a decent cheque and a picture as well as other gifts. The rumor was that HO wanted him gone so that the storing standards he had introduced could be amended down.