Highly valued as a member of the Elta Fans team in Fareham, Dave Cheal has announced his retirement at the youthful age of 69.

Dave started his working life with the Royal Navy as a Physical Training Instructor based at St Vincent in Gosport. Leaving the Navy in 1964 he joined Hi Temp Ltd followed by Cyanamid Ltd whom he worked for over twenty years. On joining Elta some seven and half years ago Dave has been mainly involved in the assembly of the Jetvent fans and, as to be expected given his background knowledge…. Elta's range of marine fans.

Production halted at Fareham for a celebratory send off earlier this month as Dave was presented with a hand-made Penny Farthing for his beloved garden, made by the assembly and sheet metal teams at Fareham as a surprise. In addition he was also given a garden bench with engraved plaque, Mantel clock and vouchers.

A keen snooker player Dave retires to enjoy time with family, wife of 45 years Daphne, his two children Diane and Darren and his four grandchildren.

Elta Fans is part of the £85 million Elta Group, a family of businesses with operations in six countries on four continents which, together with a network of international distributors, provides quality fans and related air movement equipment to customers worldwide.