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Radio and TV Legend David Fitz Fitzgerald Brings a Touch of Showbiz to Ottery St Mary

Radio and TV Legend David “Fitz” Fitzgerald Brings a Touch of Showbiz  to Ottery St Mary
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10th February 2020

Television and radio favourite, David “Fitz” Fitzgerald delighted local retirees from Ottery St Mary with tales from his presenting career, when he attended the official opening of McCarthy Stone’s Tumbling Weir Court Retirement Living development in Ottery St Mary.

Fitz has had a long and illustrious career; after first appearing on commercial radio in the 1980s, he moved on to television.  Among his many presenting roles, he worked for Sky News during the mid-1990s and he was at the forefront of the reporting of almost every major disaster over the course of his nine years there. 

Now the voice of the ‘Fighting Fitz’ radio show on BBC Radio Devon each morning, Fitz joined guests at Tumbling Weir Court, including residents, staff and members of the public, to talk about his eventful career. Attendees heard first-hand about some of the news stories he has reported on over the years, and also chatted about the importance of being a part of a community, such as Tumbling Weir Court

Fitz commented: “It was a pleasure to visit Tumbling Weir Court and give a talk on my colourful career. The development provides an excellent solution for those looking to enjoy an independent and active lifestyle in retirement, and I enjoyed meeting and chatting to residents. It’s clear everyone values the quality of life afforded by their surroundings and the freedom of having a range of services on their doorstep.”

Geoff Bates, Head of Marketing at McCarthy Stone South, commented: “We are delighted so many Ottery St Mary retirees and their families joined us for the official opening of Tumbling Weir Court and we are very grateful to Fitz for letting us quiz one of BBC Radio Devon’s favourite presenters, and for making it a day to remember!  

“This particular event is just one example of the many regular and varied social activities we organise for residents. Not only do these get-togethers provide an opportunity for companionship, they also help to showcase the fantastic close-knit community which has already been created here.”  

Designed for the over 60s, Tumbling Weir Court features a communal lounge, perfect for socialising with new neighbours. A hotel-style guest suite is available for visiting family and friends. A House Manager takes care of the day-to-day running of Tumbling Weir Court, while a secure entry system and 24-hour emergency call system provided added peace-of-mind.

Situated in the beautiful riverside market town of Ottery St. Mary, Tumbling Weir Court is ideally placed for easy access to a host of local amenities, including a supermarket, post office, a number of independent shops and leisure centre; and there are good transport links to surrounding towns and villages. 

McCarthy Stone is also giving retirees the opportunity to live their retirement years to the full, by offering up to £5,000 off or one month’s rent free on selected apartments.  The incentive is available for eligible buyers and renters who reserve a property at Tumbling Weir Court before 29th February 2020*. 

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 14 years’ running. McCarthy Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 14 consecutive years, which is every year the awards have been run.

Those interested in Retirement Living at McCarthy Stone’s Tumbling Weir Court development are invited to call 0800 201 4811 or visit 

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