A 75-year-old Downham man has retired after 56 years of both full time and supply teaching at various schools across West Norfolk.
Colin Dye taught at Downham Secondary Modern for Boys and West Winch Primary School for around 42 years, before taking up supply teaching for the next 14 years at a number of different schools.
He said: “It seems quite strange that for the first time in 56 years I will not be teaching. I look back with pride and satisfaction.
“Just as life has taught me that every pupil has the ability to be good, the same applies to every teacher in the school.”
He added: “I realise how lucky I have been because all of the schools I have taught in full time have been good and successful. There were good teachers, staff and parents.
“But most of all I am grateful to the thousands of pupils I taught, they all added interest, variety and different challenged every day. There was hardly ever a dull moment, life was never boring and the fact that I never had a day off shows I enjoyed teaching very much.”
During his years as a teacher, Mr Dye also coached at Downham Town Football Club between 1963 and 1993, making over 1,000 appearances as the First Team player coach.
He also volunteered with the Youth Service for 12 years, was a sports correspondent for The Lynn News for 20 years and he coached Downham Town Cricket First Team for 22 years.
He also worked with East Anglian Examinations Board.