A special ‘Adios, Thanks and Good Luck’ is sent to Ex Town Crier Colin Ballard, who at the age of 73, is about to fulfil his ambition to live in Spain. Colin will be swapping life in Lytham St.Annes’s for a sunny retreat in Santiago de la Ribera, about an hour outside Alicante.
Sadly, as Colin has been diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis Colin won’t be jetting off to his new life in Spain. Rather than heading to the airport, Colin, aided by son Oliver, is off on a long road and ferry trip, via Portsmouth and Bilbao, a 60 hour journey.
Colin says, ‘I’ll really miss the people of Lytham and St Anne’s, where I have made so many friends but it is time for a new adventure and something I have long been eager to do.’
Colin has latterly been chairman of the St Anne’s Enterprise Partnership (STEP), who have shared their thanks to Colin as he leaves for Spain. ‘Colin will be missed by STEP, not just because he was our chairman, but also for his commitment to the community and his dedication to making the town the best it can be. He was already well known and well connected, through his work as town crier and involvement in the Kite Festival, but this didn’t stop him pounding the streets and knocking on doors to engage the community with STEP’s projects. During his chairmanship he oversaw litter picks, virtual Christmas Advent Calendar, health and well-being month promotions, the STEP into St Annes re-opening event, raising of funds, Bikers’ Night monthly entertainment and the new constitution to name just a few projects. Our thanks for his dedication and support, and we wish him the best for his future plans.’