A Wisbech dentist has retired after 35 years in a local practice.
Kerry Tolhurst has been a familiar face at Alexandra Road Dental Practice for decades but he is finally “hanging up his mirror and probe”.
He bid a fond farewell to his colleagues on Friday and is this week heading off to see family in Australia with his wife Paula.
Alexandra Road Dental Practice was set up by Fred Norman and Kerry joined three years later. The pair were then partners until the practice was taken over by Apex last year.
Fred still works as a dentist at the practice but Kerry has decided that the time is right to slow down.
Kerry and Paula moved to Leeds to be closer to their young grandchildren and Kerry has been commuting from a Norfolk base. He is looking forward to spending more time with his family and playing more golf.
Kerry and Paula have two children Zoe and Darren and four grandchildren.
He said he will miss the “fantastic team” who have more than 200 years experience between them. They presented him with a garden bench that is engraved with ‘hanging up my mirror and probe’ and will have a plaque with the names of the staff on it.
Kerry said: “I want to say a heartfelt thanks to the wonderful patients I have treated over the years. And to my wonderful team of nurses, receptionists and dentist colleagues.”
He plans to take six months off work before possibly taking on some locum dentist work. He joked there would be “less paperwork”.