Final special delivery as paramedic calls it a day
Paramedic Adrian Holloway has answered his last call after more than 40 years at the front line of emergency medicine.
Mr Holloway, of Paulton, reckons he has delivered around 20 babies in his time.
The 64-year-old left school in Bath at the age of 16 and worked first an apprentice gardener with the old Bath City Council parks department and in light engineering before joining what was then the Bath Ambulance Service in 1973.
While at Bath he acted up as a station officer for three years before eventually transferring to Paulton in 1986.
After a succession of health service changes and mergers, Mr Holloway eventually worked as part of the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust. Colleagues say his expertise and calm demeanour provided reassurance for many people not only in an emergency but on routine calls as well.
He said: "Helping expectant mothers was always a happy event and I have helped deliver more than 20 babies into the world where mum could not get to hospital in time.
"It was also nice looking after older people, not so dramatic but they were often more interesting and appreciated things more."
Now with more time on his hands, Mr Holloway is a keen gardener and motorcyclist, being a member of the Vintage Motorcycle Club, as well as being a caravanner.
He said: "I've enjoyed my career as a paramedic, meeting and treating the public and feel proud to have been part of a strong, professional team of colleagues at Paulton."
Colleagues held a surprise party for him and presented him with a paramedic figurine engraved with a plaque, gift vouchers and an ambulance-themed cake.