After more than 100 shows industry legend Tony Cable signed off from his last TechTalk event recently.
The veteran has decided to call time on his career after more than 60 years in the electrical industry.
There was a packed audience at Leicester racecourse to witness his final TechTalk – the series of regional roadshows he has co-presented for the last nine years.
“The TechTalk series is something very close to my heart and something I have enjoyed immensely,” commented Tony.
“We have done events up and down the UK during that time and I have met thousands of contractors along the way.
“I enjoy chatting to fellow sparks about the industry and that is what I will miss most.
“I would like to thank everyone who has ever attended a TechTalk for their support. Every single one has been a pleasure and I hope everyone who ever attended found them useful.”
Tony’s career began in 1957 as an apprentice aged just 15. He went straight from the playground to the building site, embarking on a six-year apprenticeship.
He worked in both the domestic and commercial sectors before going on to own his own electrical contracting business. He then moved into college lecturing.
Tony joined NICEIC in 1998 and spent seven years on NICEIC’s Technical Helpline, before joining the Marketing Team in 2005 as Senior Marketing and Events Engineer.
Since then he has gone on to present a series of award winning DVDs aimed at electrical students and apprentices. He also appeared on a number of TV programmes such as Rogue Traders and Help My House Is Falling Down as the electrical expert.
In 2009, Tony won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Electrical Excellence’ from the Electrical Times, in recognition of his career achievements.
Tony added: “I have enjoyed my time in the industry immensely. It has been very good to me and allowed me to carry out a number of different roles.
“Since the day I started I have been fortunate enough to not have to spend one day out of work.
“There have been many changes along the way and the majority of them for them for the better. It is a much safer place to work now and for anyone considering a career in the trade I would say, go for it.”
Although officially retiring from his TechTalk duties Tony will be making one final appearance at Live South in Epsom on May 18.
If you would like to see him in action – visit www.niceic-elecsalive.com to book your ticket.