An exciting new phase of life starts for Terry Hunt
I am now ‘retired’ - whatever that means! It is such an odd, outdated word, summoning up images of old age, pipes and slippers, and such like. For me, my ‘retirement’ will mean a new and exciting phase of my life. I will still be busy, but I’ll be doing a wide variety of things, with organisations I am passionate about.
I was enormously proud and privileged to be the editor of the EADT for 21 years. To take responsibility for the paper which serves your home county is very, very special. I will always be grateful for having that opportunity. I was only the eighth editor in the 143 years since the EADT was first published - that’s how much of a privilege it is to have the role. I loved pretty much every minute of it. Of course, there were tough days. It comes with the territory. But I can truly say that not once in those two decades and a bit did a single day drag. Quite the opposite - they hurtled by at a frightening pace.
My most enjoyable times were conversations - and sometimes robust debates - with readers. We didn’t always agree, but I like to think we respected each other’s views. I always knew that those people had written or called because they cared deeply about the newspaper. EADT readers gave me my proudest times as an editor. As my favourite front page heading said, Suffolk truly is the kindest county of them all.
I will never forget how the EADT’s generous readers, and listeners to BBC Radio Suffolk, raised the extraordinary sum of £3 million in just a year to enable the brilliant Treehouse children’s hospice to be built in Ipswich. Each year, as the weather turned cold, we would work with Suffolk Community Foundation to raise money to keep the most vulnerable people in our society safe and warm. Surviving Winter raised more than £100,000 each year - surpassing every other English county - thanks to the incredible generosity of Suffolk people. So, thank you for all of the above, and for so much more. As I said, it’s been a privilege.
So, what now? Well, I’ve already mentioned that I’ll be doing a variety of things. I’ll chair the Ipswich Vision board, and hopefully play a part in the continued renaissance of our county town. Suffolk needs a strong Ipswich.
I’ll be working with some excellent local charities who do such a great job. There will be some other things coming my way too. So I won’t be sitting around!
But . . . I will make sure that I have some free time, for golf, for walks, for cycling, and relaxing. There are still many corners of Suffolk I don’t know, even though the vast majority of my 60 years have been spent in our wonderful county. I will also have fun times with my darling little granddaughter, Ava. We’ve already had our first outing - and guess where we went? Anyone who knows me won’t be shocked to learn that our destination was Framlingham Castle - my favourite spot.
We had a lovely time, along with my sister, Karen, who lives in Fram. We went round the wall walk, enjoying the stunning views, including my old school. Then we had a lovely cuppa and a very naughty piece of cake in the new cafe. A lovely, relaxing afternoon. If that’s what retirement means, then that’s fine by me. The only person ever so slightly disappointed was little Ava, who was convinced that when silly old Granddad promised a visit to a castle, he meant the bouncy variety.
‘My most enjoyable times were conversations - and sometimes robust debates - with readers’
Terry visits Famlingham Castle with his granddaughter, Ava. With his old school in the background, it’s his favourite Suffolk spot.