Well-known local and Freeman of Seaton, Ted Gosling, recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a community party.
The party was arranged by Seaton Town Council and held at the Marshlands Centre and was attended by Ted and his wife along with friends and colleagues from Seaton Museum and Town Councillors.
Ted was born in Seaton and his community involvement began at the age of 12 during the Second World War when he became a messenger boy for the Air Raid Protection group. After leaving school at 14 to work in a local garage, his passion for cars started. His national service was spent in the RAF repairing instruments, primarily the Lancaster plane that after the war was being used for photographic surveillance work. After national service he returned to the motor trade and opened a garage that also restored vintage cars. Ted also worked in the insurance industry and was the top sales agent in the South West in 1978 when he worked for the London & Manchester Insurance Group.
Ted’s other passion, for which he is most known for in the area is history, particularly local history and he was a founding member of the Axe Valley Heritage Association that runs Seaton Museum. Ted continues to be the curator and Secretary and can be found at the Museum every open day greeting visitors and answering questions. A prolific author, Ted has written 30 history books relating to Devon and particularly East Devon.
Town Mayor, Cllr Ken Beer commented: “It was an honour to host Ted’s 90th birthday celebrations – Ted is an integral part of the Seaton community and has done so much for the town over the years, preserving and championing its history and of course ensuring that the town’s museum remains open. Happy birthday Ted!”