New be­gin­nings

An ex­cit­ing new phase of life starts for Terry Hunt

EADT Suffolk - - Inside -

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.

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