After leaving school in 1961 I went to work for Harris Biological Supplies on Arundel Street. It was a growing company and when they decided to relocate to Weston-Super-Mare I was invited to go with them. I married my first wife in 1965 and we had two boys. In 1988 I was divorced and married my second wife, Penny, in 1990. Whilst working for Harris's in Weston I also worked in the hotels, pubs etc. Entertaining the holiday makers in the evenings (it helped to pay the extortionate school fees).
In 1994 I became allergic to certain chemicals and Harris's and I parted company. We had to sell the house so we needed a job with living accommodation, so Penny and I took up a position as joint wardens for a small group of almshouses in deepest Berkshire. It was a lovely place and although it was hard work we lived an idyllic rural existence for eight years until I decided to try and achieve my life long ambition of retiring before I was 60. Accordingly we bought a bungalow in Torquay and Penny continued to work whilst I lazed around at home.
Realising that I was too young and energetic to retire I soon found a job with South Hams District Council as a Scheme Co-ordinator (Warden) at their biggest Sheltered housing scheme in Totnes, just working Saturday and Sunday. I love the job and it has also revived my musical career as I entertain there on occasions, and Penny and I teach the residents line dancing every other week. I also work one or two days in the week delivering and collecting hire cars for Hertz car Rental, which gives me the opportunity to drive brand new cars all over South Devon. I also try to get to the gym three times a week and I have just joined the front of House Management team for a busy Torquay theatre. Penny works for the Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Torquay, where she is a valued member of the management team. Consequently we are both very busy but we love it and living in Torbay has many compensations.
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