Chris retires from the 'best job in the world'
A WELL-KNOWN voice on local radio is hanging up his microphone after nearly half a century in the business.
Chris Young's duties for BBC Radio Cornwall included reports from an earthquake in Indonesia and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as breaking stories in Cornwall.
The journalist, from Feock, established his broadcasting career in East Anglia before a move to Cornwall and more than 20 years' service at Radio Cornwall.
Mr Young said he was grateful to have enjoyed such success in "the best job in the world".
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He said: "It's been said that every day as a reporter is an adventure. It's so true. I never knew where I was going to be sent in Cornwall from day to day, even from hour to hour. I've been so lucky to have had the best job in the world in one of the most beautiful parts of the world working alongside many great colleagues.
"I must have done something like 15,000 radio and TV interviews. I've covered 12 general elections and interviewed five prime ministers. After 47 years reporting it's time to hang up my microphone."
Mr Young covered conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq reporting live by satellite for Radio Cornwall. He said of the experience: "I stood waiting to leave the base at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on a night patrol surrounded by heavily armed Royal Marines. All I had was a BBC flak jacket and a microphone and I did wonder if it would have been wiser to have stayed in Cornwall doing interviews about car parking charges.
"A couple of days later I was at Kandahar air base during a rocket attack. I lay on the ground recording the sound for my report. There was damage to the base but, on this occasion, no casualties."
In June 2006 Mr Young was sent to cover the work of ShelterBox as the Cornish charity responded to a devastating earthquake in Indonesia.
Mr Young has covered a host of major stories in Cornwall including the tragic loss of two Padstow fishing boats just before Christmas in 1992, the Boscastle floods in 2004 and the Penhallow hotel fire in Newquay in 2007.
He is now hoping to do some voluntary work for two charities and spend more time with his five grandchildren.