Thanks to Pete for making sure your Thorney Post is delivered

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Pete Chelton, who has been co-ordinating the delivery of the Thorney Post magazine for 16 years, is calling it a day.

Peter (83) has lived in the village for the past 56 years also had a long association with Thorney Football Club as committee member and secretary, and as Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Woburn Drive.

Born in London, Pete was evacuated to Monmouthshire during the Second World War to escape German bombing raids. He wrote about his experiences in the Thorney Post and was asked to give talks to local schoolchildren about his experiences.

He and his wife Marion, who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in November, came to live in Thorney by chance. On their honeymoon, they met a couple from Ramsey and struck up a friendship. They visited their friends from time to time and decided to sell up in London and move to this area.

The plans didn’t go quite as expected and they ended up living in Gladstone Street, Peterborough for a while before finding their current home in Woburn Drive.

Fifty-six years ago, Woburn Drive and the roads off it, were just being built. Pete and Marion moved into a new house and their home, plus Russell Close, were the first to be developed. Their youngest child John was just two weeks old when they moved in.

Besides John, they have two other children – Debbie and Sue – six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pete worked for British Telecom for 38 years and then, after taking early retirement, he spent seven years with the Co-operative Funeral Services.

“Thorney had a real community feel when we came here,” said Pete. “After living in the city, it felt really nice. Everyone seemed to be really close knit and there were lots of community events. I think we’ve lost some of that.”

Editor’s note – we’re really grateful to Pete for all his work and contributions to the village magazine over the years. At the age of 83, he really has done his bit for the village.

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