Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ray, 71 Finally Set to Retire

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ray, 71 Finally Set to Retire

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Former pub landlord Ray Walker has finally called time on his career as Teesside Crown Court security chief - at the age of 71.

Teesside born and bred, Mr Walker retired 57 years after he left school for his first job.

He now plans a quiet life with his wife, Joan, at their Thorntree home - a contrast to his career, which he describes as "a series of adventures around the world".

His CV embraces the occupations of sailor, regular soldier, steel and construction worker, Middle Eastern oil man, and pub landlord - all before he took on the duties of security supervisor at Middlesbrough's Combined Court Centre ten years ago.

Leaving school at 14 to work as "a dogsbody" at a local engineering works, he soon joined the merchant navy sailing general cargo ships.

But his ocean-going exploits were brought to an end by his call-up papers for National Service in the Royal Artillery.

Enjoying the military life, he signed on for 16 years, serving in Cyprus, Gibraltar and Germany before being discharged at the rank of sergeant with an exemplary service certificate. …

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