Biz Extra

Published: January 13, 2022 | Updated: January 14, 2022

How would I like to be remembered? Helping local young people to achieve their ambitions

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a prominent person in Dorset and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

The best bit of his job is making awards to young people, Bobby Moore was his childhood hero, his favourite food is Indian curries and he gets angry at people waffling…so we get better get on with it!

Pete Thornton, Chair, John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, occupies the 20 Questions’ hot seat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Silent Witness.

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Sir Geoff Hurst.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Making awards to young people.

Q: And the worst?

A: Sitting at a computer all day.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Bobby Moore.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: The sea.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Durdle Door.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Be honest.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: Living Doll – Cliff Richard.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: People waffling.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: God only Knows – The Beach Boys.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: Appropriate level of skill, a desire to learn and a good personality.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Indian curries.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Melon.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: Being close to the sea.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: Cover care costs for the elderly.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Being unable to do what I did 20 years ago so well.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: New Zealand.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: Still living in Dorset.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Helping local young people to achieve their ambitions.