A TUTOR is retiring after 25 years teaching bookbinding in the borough.
Eighty-year-old David King, has been teaching bookbinding with North Tyneside Council Adult Learning Alliance.
And he has this week retired from his position.
Programme Co-ordinator Belinda Payne said: “He’s taught and passed on this endangered craft to hundreds of students in North Tyneside over the last 25 years.
“His depth of knowledge, skill and passion has shone through and been passed on to his students and several of his former students have started businesses ensuring the expert trade of restoration and bookbinding continues.
“He has been a truly inspirational tutor who has inspired a love of bookbinding in hundreds of students. His skill as a tutor and his patience with his class is unparalleled. Over 40 students both current and former attended his last class.
“North Tyneside Council Adult Learning Alliance would like to take the opportunity to thank David for his patience and hard work over the last 25 years.”
Ruth McCann will now take over from David.