LONG serving voice of BBC Radio Shetland Mike Grundon finishes on Tuesday after 22 years with the local radio station.
Mike, a keen outdoorsman, motoring enthusiast and journalist, came to Shetland from the Cornishman newspaper in the early 1990s. He will be moving back to Cornwall where he is buying a cottage.
He also regularly undertook seal and bird surveys for Scottish National Heritage and the RSPB and is a keen kayaker.
Though he will be leaving the shores he has called home for the past 28 years, Mike envisages returning from time to time.
He started working in Shetland media with a six-year stint with The Shetland Times before heading to a fresh media challenge with the radio.
In 2018 he headed off on a year-long sabbatical which saw him travel to New Zealand and Bulgaria and undertake a road-trip in England in a specially camouflaged 6×6 Swedish ex-military ambulance.
Mike said that he intends to concentrate on his creative writing.
“I am very fond of Shetland. I love Shetland and will be very sad to leave it. There will be a lot of people I will miss when I go away. I still have family here and will be back here quite regularly, I expect,” he said.
“Who knows, if Cornwall does not work out, I might be back here again.”
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