Baroness Williams has proved an indomitable figure in British politics since winning her first constituency in 1964. But last week was the occasion of her final speech in the House of Lords marking her retirement from the second chamber.
On his retirement Sachin Tendulkar, the Little Master, has rounded off a 24 year test match career with a gracious, but epic, retirement speech following his side’s victory over the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
A heavy-going speech by Rowan Williams in the House of Lords speaks up for older people in society on the eve of his own retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury.
In a short and fast-paced Gordon Brown resignation speech in Downing Street the Prime Minister drew his years in government to a close before the waiting journalists and photographers.