Tim battles back from redundancy

Tim Stoodley and daughter Phoebe.
Tim Stoodley and daughter Phoebe.

NEW dad Tim Stoodley hopes he’s found a magic way to battle back from redundancy.

He suffered the shock of being told he’d lost his job as a taxi driver – only 90 minutes after his partner gave birth to their first child.

Now, after a succession of part-time jobs, the determined 23-year-old from West Pinchbeck is venturing into a career change as an events promotor.

His first show will be no illusion.

It will be at Spalding’s South Holland Centre on Saturday, October 27, with a magician and illusionist taking centre stage.

So much has changed in his life since the fateful day on November 29 last year when partner Charlotte was in Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital and little Phoebe arrived after a Caesarian birth at 3.30pm.

Their joy did not last long.

At 5pm Tim received a phone call from the owner of the Spalding taxi firm where he worked to tell him the company had been sold and he was out of a job.

“It was certainly a day of real mixed emotions,” Tim recalls.

“Worry was my biggest feeling. Because of the section, Charlotte could not drive for six to eight weeks and I had to be relied upon to keep the family afloat.”

As well as Phoebe, Charlotte also has two other daughters, Laura (13) and Beth (7).

Since then Tim has worked part-time at a Bourne garden centre and carried out other work before the idea of organising events came to him.

He will be hoping his show attracts a big audience before making a decision on future productions.

l Tim’s first show features magician and illusionist Alex Lodge. Tickets are £14 for adults, £9 concessions and £42 for a family ticket for two adults and two concessions. They are available from the South Holland Centre or via its website, www.southhol landcentre.co.uk

Alex has a comedy magic routine and has performed all over the world and appeared in many television programmes, including Britain’s Got Talent, CBBC’s Sorcerers Apprentice and Cruising With The Stars.

He performs incredible illusions and his comedy magic set should have the whole family laughing. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7.30pm.