Surprise send off for Ted

Ted Dillon with colleagues at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

Radio Clatterbridge has made a surprise visit to mark the retirement of one of the health park's most popular characters.

As commissionaire of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Ted Dillon has become one of the most recognisable people to staff, patients and visitors.

Presenter Steve Evans shocked the 80 year old with a surprise interview at his welcome desk.

"According to some sources, Ted's career here has lasted a million years. I just wanted to give him a fitting send off on behalf of all the people he's helped." - Steve Evans, presenter

Ted, who was awarded an MBE by The Queen in 2008 for his contribution to the daily life of the centre, retires next week after 25 years in the role.

A former Nimrod crew chief for the RAF, he joined the Corps on Commissionaires in 1991 and began work at Clatterbridge Hospital before the Cancer Centre became it's own NHS Trust.

Well known for his bad jokes, he always manages to put a smile on people's faces and has met thousands of people during his time at the centre.

He even played Father Christmas for the youngsters.

"I was here when Prince Charles came. I had lunch with the Duke of Kent. But the main thing are the children who come." - Ted Dillon

Hundreds of people have taken to social media to express their thanks to Ted for his quarter of a century of service.

Ted was initially asked to work until he was 70 but says the centre then asked him to stay as long as he wanted.

The great-grandfather says it's now time to hang up his uniform for the last time.

But retirement looks set to be just as busy for Ted.

After a trip to Cyprus in June with wife Martha, he will be celebrating his son's 60th birthday and is even thinking of taking up golf again.

We all wish him a very enjoyable retirement and thank him for the difference he's made at Clatterbridge over the years.

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