Chiropodist David calls it a day
PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 January 2016
An Exmouth chiropodist is putting his feet up after more than two decades of helping patients.
David Wilkes, 67, has retired from his Exmouth Foot Care surgery in Scott Drive.
Having first moved to Exmouth in 1985 as a manager at Barclays Bank, he has been working as a chiropodist since 1994, during which time he has treated more than 2,500 patients.
He says the best thing about the job was interacting with the people who came to his surgery.
He said: “People are fascinating and I wanted to treat them as individual human beings.
“Because it was my business, I could do it the way I wanted to, and deliver it the way I wanted to.
“I’d like to sincerely thank my customers for their support over the past 21 years, and wish them the very best in their search for my replacement.”
David, whose decision to retire follows the death of his wife Sue in August 2014, has regularly given talks around Devon entitled The Confessions of a Chiropodist, and was known for sending comedic Christmas cards to patients.
He was also previously a top tennis umpire, serving as a line judge at Wimbledon for 11 years, including in the 1994 women’s and 1995 men’s singles finals. During his officiating career, he worked on matches featuring the famously unfriendly-to-umpires John McEnroe, and had run-ins with top players, including Andre Agassi and Goran Ivanisevic.
David, who had worked his way up to Wimbledon from umpiring in tournaments around Devon, said: “I’d always wanted to go to Wimbledon, but thought I would never get a ticket, so the best way was to stand on the court and do it.
“It was the greatest honour a line judge can have - and it was great fun to do.”
David also has an interest in drama, and has appeared on stage on many occasions at Exmouth’s Blackmore Theatre and The Playhouse in Budleigh, and worked with the professional Charles Vance Company at Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion.
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