TV men Charlie and Ed sign off
Two men, who have spent a total of 103 years serving customers from their Fordham shop, will be closing the shutters for the last time on Saturday.
Charlie Davison and Ed Wallis will be closing Jenkins TV in Carter Street having seen and kept pace with the massive changes in the electronics industry.
Charlie, 65, and Ed 67, went to work for the company set up by the late Don Jenkins in the sixties, Charlie starting as a Saturday boy. Both trained as engineers after leaving school and have found themselves witnessing great change in radio and TV technologies.
The business began in New Path and originally sold washing machines, vacuum cleaners and electrical gardening tools. Today it has focused mainly on TV, satelite and radio installation.
Ed’s two older brothers Chris and Andy both worked at the shop and sadly lost their lives to cancer in 2013 within six weeks of each other.
Chris also lost his youngest brother Dick to cancer who had also worked at Jenkins TV in the 70s and 80s.
Ed, from Newmarket, is now aiming to give up more time to raising funds for Cancer Research UK, making wooden toys, clocks and pens which he sells for the charity.
Charlie will continue to run an installation and repair service from his home in Isleham.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed it all, meeting the people and seeing all the changes in TVs and radio over the years and keeping up with it, especially over the past 10 years.
“When I joined it was two TV channels and black and white and now it’s so different.
“It will be different when we close but I shall still be available.”
Ed said of retirement: “Neither of us can sit still for long. It has been interesting and there have been an awful lot of changes. The biggest problem has been keeping in front of it.”
Charlie will be continuing the service and can be contacted by phoning 07821 711398 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org