A YOUTH worker who has helped thousands of South Tyneside school children experience the great outdoors is hanging up his boots after 30 years’ service.
Andy Stubbs joined the South Tyneside Council’s outdoor education centre at Thurston in the Lake District as an instructor in 1983 and became its manager 20 years later.
The 43-acre centre offers a range of outdoor pursuits including sailing, mountain climbing and camping.
Andy, who retires on New Year’s Eve, said: “I’ve been very lucky to have such an amazing job that has allowed me to help young people learn and achieve new skills.
“Thurston has been a huge part of my life and I will miss it. The centre brings out the best in all who attend, I wish it a long and ever developing future.”
A special lunch was held at the town hall in his honour attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, council leaders and school representatives.
South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham, said: “Andy has been a dedicated and enthusiastic member of staff who has played a key role in challenging young people and bringing a touch of adventure to their lives.
“On behalf of generations of people in the borough I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Andy and wish him a long and happy retirement.”
Andy has also helped generations of young people through John Muir, Duke of Edinburgh and National Governing Body awards.