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CHAPTER 3


CHAPTER 3


Let’s make ‘retirement’ redundant!


Ian Gall spent many years working in radio and TV and was a regular presenter of Songs of Praise in the 1980s and 1990s. He then set up a consultancy company, which he stopped working at in 2008 but refuses to use the ‘R’ word!


Ian is also a member of McCarthy & Stone’s Greater Life Advisory Board (GLAB).


We may retire from paid employment, but we should never retire from life, says former TV presenter Ian Gall


Having been a regular face on TV for a decade, I was used to being recognised or certainly aware of a ‘nudge-nudge’ when someone thought they knew me. Then a few years ago, I was stopped in a supermarket with the words, ‘Didn’t you used to be Ian Gall?’ Apart from making me laugh, it raised a more worrying question – as I was no longer on television, I had ceased to exist for this person. Human beings are so much more than just a job title, but for many, an individual’s identity and sense of worth is measured by what they do for a living, rather than the kind of person they are.


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