Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Healthy Place in the Sun

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Healthy Place in the Sun

Article excerpt

Byline: By Gayle Tomlinson

Revolutionary former ambulance chief Laurie Caple has turned his back on the rat race ( to run a farm in the sun.

Laurie, who was chief officer of Northumbria Ambulance Service, was known for a string of controversial decisions during his 29 years' service in the top role.

Among his most radical ideas were buying in Chevrolet ambulances from America and ordering personalised number plates for the vehicles at pounds 120 each.

Laurie, who now lives in Spain where he grows almonds and olives, has published his autobiography, From Ambulances to Almonds, which examines the development of the ambulance service.

Laurie, 64, hopes it will be used as a study aid by students working towards their business degrees.

Speaking from his home in Spain today, he said: "I have a property out in Spain in a small village where I am the only Englishman. We are part of a co-operative. It is small. It pays the labour but it is not going to enhance my pension. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.