The Salvation Army had to say goodbye to the Beveridge's as they headed back into retirement.

Major Brian and Edith Beveridge came out of retirement in Nobleford, Alberta to help in High River.

Brian says he can't thank the community enough for their support over the last year.

"It's been an awesome time. We're just thrilled with being here in High River. It's tough to leave, goodbyes are tough. My wife and I just really want to say thank you to the community because they really got behind us and supported us and allowed us to do what we do."

Edith echoed her husband's thoughts and said one of the highlights was the Christmas toy drive.

"We just found the whole community so welcoming and so encouraging and wherever we go we get really, really positive responses in this community like at Christmas it was amazing. So, it's been just a great year."

The Beveridges have now hitched up the trailer and headed back to Nobleford. 

Longtime Salvation Army employee and community and family services manager, Shiela MacDonald, is really going to miss them too and she also reminds us that they could still use a few volunteers to help out with their community garden. Contact Shiela at the Salvation Army in High River for more information.

An announcement naming the new officers taking over is expected in July.