Farewell to Wendy Hughes

End of an era: Wendy Hughes said that even though she has retired, she will continue to promote the tourism in Gloucester. Photo: Anne Keen

End of an era: Wendy Hughes said that even though she has retired, she will continue to promote the tourism in Gloucester. Photo: Anne Keen

After 34 years in the Gloucester tourism game, Wendy Hughes has decided it’s time to retire.

She spent her last day in the Gloucester Information Centre on Thursday, July 27. 

It was a decision that came about fairly quickly, but Wendy believes it’s the right time for her to say goodbye.

She started her journey with Gloucester tourism as a volunteer on the tourism committee.

During those early years, she also became Gloucester’s tourism liaison, filling up her car with brochures to take with her whenever she visited another town.

Whether it be for a meeting or for holiday, Wendy would take information about what Gloucester had to offer with her, dropping off parcels around the State.

Wendy became a paid employee of the former Gloucester Shire Council in 1996 and has been an integral part of the Visitors Information Centre ever since.

For the past few months she has been thinking about retirement.

“Once I made the decision, I decided it would be best not to prolong the goodbyes,” she said.

So when she fully made up her mind to retire, she posted her announcement and final farewell on her Facebook page the day before she finished up.

So what will retirement look like for Wendy...

“I’m going to write a book, research my family tree, help John (her husband) with the business and spend more time with the grandchildren,” she smiled.