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Retirement Retread - That's Me by Fred Robinson

Please tell us about yourself:
I am seventy years of age and have been retired since 1991, after a lifetime career working in the aerospace industry. The majority of this time was spent in Bristol, although the nature of the work enabled me to travel world wide. I have been married for 49 years, and have three grown- up children. My wife and I were both brought up in the North-West of England and are very happy to be living in this area since we moved from the South-West more than eight years ago. My interests include IT and computers in general.

What is your story about?
Four years after retirement I took an AC&G course as a voluntary tutor in Literacy and Numeracy. After six months teaching as a teaching assistant at Morecambe College I was asked to join the staff at Lancaster Farms Young Offenders. I had no experience of prison or young adults. I stayed for five years before retiring for a second time.

Why did you choose to tell this particular story?
I really enjoyed the Lancaster Digital Storytelling workshop I attended and wanted the opportunity to make another story.

What was the experience of making your digital story like?
Again rather intense concentration was required. But it was a very enjoyable experience. The relationship with other members of the storytelling group and the BBC team was wonderful. I am now considering making another digital story for a voluntary group I work with.

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