RETIREMENT - A GOLDEN TIME
At 96, the nation’s most famous retiree finally calls it a day. In a special feature, Let’s Talk looks at some of the issues surrounding this crucially important phase of the lives of so many ...
Eight page special on a key topic
It was only a few weeks ago, at the start of August, that one of the nation’s favourite ‘pensioners’ finally officially retired.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s last solo royal engagement was hailed as ‘historic’ by a Royal Marine whose feat of strength and endurance was celebrated by the retiring royal.
As a former Royal Navy officer, Prince Philip’s last official event, after almost 70 years of championing his own causes and charities, fittingly featured men from the Royal Marines, an integral part of the Navy.
The Duke was praised for his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines by a senior officer who described the 96-year-old as a “wonderful figurehead for all Royal Marines to look up to”.
Most of us, of course, have, or plan to retire, long before we are 96, but I think we can all accept that Prince Philip can be called a special case!
For most, retirement is something that has been looked forward to for many years. No more getting up early, no more commutes, no more the hurlyburly and having to be at work, for most, at least five days a week.
For others, retirement may be regarded as a huge threat. No more banter with colleagues, no more income from working, no more having much to do.
Whatever the issues, retirement and the planning for retirement, have never been more complicated or worrying for many.
In particular, rules regarding pensions seem to have changed many times over the past couple of years.
Here, in a Let’s Talk retirement special, we look at some of the issues facing those who are retired and those who are planning to retire, ranging from finance, housing and hobbies to volunteering and relationships ... as well as looking back at some of the times the Duke of Edinburgh visted Norfolk and Suffolk.
And we also catch up with a recent new retiree in the shape of former Let’s Talk editor, Neil Haverson.