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Rod Eady retires

Newsclip c1979-80 [possibly the Evening Telegraph]
CHEERS TO RETIREMENT - FREEWHEELING Rod Eady has cycled to and from work almost every day for the past 60 years, and on Friday he said goodbye to his workmates. But Rod (79) will not be hanging up his bicycle clips for some time. "I'll be 80 in a few weeks time and I can't see myself taking it easy yet. I haven't seen a doctor in 40 years because I've kept myself so fit", he said.

Cheers to retirement! Rod (third from the left) shares a drink with Edme, Mr Mark Saxby,
Mr Frank Saxby, Mrs Joyce Rising and Mrs Mary Saxby.

Rod, whose family is the oldest in Chelveston, retired from Saxby's tannery in Higham Ferrers where he had worked as a stockroom manager. He had been with the firm all his working life, joining it only a month after it was formed.

Directors Mark and Frank Saxby were among those who presented him with gifts and a cheque at the factory on Friday afternoon.

Rod, a married man, said that he now plans to work on his garden at his Sawyers Crescent, Chelveston, home.

Biographical notes from Gillian Rawlins

Walter Rod Eady was one year old when the 1901 census was taken. In 1925 he married Ethel (Barnett) and they had six children; John, Joan, twins Edward and Margaret, Horace and Gillian.

He was steward at Chelveston Working Mens' Club during and after WWII, as well as working at Saxby's Tannery in Higham Ferrers.

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