Following 47 years working the crane industry’s every angle, Bill Houlker has swapped construction sites for the countryside as he sets up shop with his daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters just north of Plimmerton.
“We’re going to get some animals, so I’m working out how we’ll manage those, plus cooking the odd meal and sometimes picking my granddaughters up from school.”
His new, more genteel life gives Bill plenty of time for his family, which is a welcome trade-in having spent his entire life in a career he was smitten with.
“Sometimes I felt a bit smug because I was getting paid to have fun.”
In the early 70s, Bill was a senior accounts clerk at a printing factory, but that changed when his father, who owned a company which sold trucks, tower cranes and other cutting-edge machines of the time, called on him to take the family business to the next level.
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