Bill hands over TV operation

PUBLISHED: 13:10 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:22 17 June 2010

BILL Lankester (right), with wife Evelyn, shakes hands with David Pearce who is taking over part of JKL.

BILL Lankester (right), with wife Evelyn, shakes hands with David Pearce who is taking over part of JKL.

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WHEN they closed the doors to their Temple Street TV and video shop JKL in 2006, Bill and Evelyn Lankester thought their workload would slow down.

WHEN they closed the doors to their Temple Street TV and video shop JKL in 2006, Bill and Evelyn Lankester thought their workload would slow down.Not a bit of it. Bill has been as busy as ever with his video-making, television and digi-box installations and repair work.Now the Sidmouth couple have relinquished the TV side of their company, set up with daughter Jacqueline in 1983, to David Pearce, a security engineer from Honiton, who has been working for the couple installing aerials for the past two years.David, 60, took over the JKL van and its clientele last Thursday.Shaking hands on the deal Bill, 64, said: "We have been working together and it really makes sense for Dave to do the installations and sort out problems. I will help him wherever I can."Bill, Sidmouth's current Citizen of the Year, wants to reassure customers they will be looked after, especially through the changeover to digital viewing and radio."I have got super customers and really want them to carry on using JKL. A lot know Dave already and he will look after them better than I can, going up on roofs and sorting aerials out. I have got to the stage where I can't cope with lifting."Bill has been having trouble walking after damaging nerves in his legs through chemotherapy sessions he had to cure his bowel cancer."I haven't been looking for new customers for 18 months but I do care about those I have and don't want to see them being ripped off during the digital changeover."I will still be carrying on the video side and my stamp sales."David, from Church Hill, Honiton, said he would keep JKL as part of his business's title."I have a new challenge. Just because I am 60 doesn't mean I am lying down and taking old age," he said.Evelyn added: "I am looking forward to taking it a bit easier and to having more time with Bill to enjoy semi-retirement.

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