A former teacher who watched his own father die of asbestos-related cancer has spoken of his devastation at finding out he has the same disease.
Adrian Starr was diagnosed with the terminal illness, mesothelioma, in October last year and says his only hope now is if medics are able to find a cure.
The 67-year-old, a dad of two and granddad of three, is a retired teacher who worked at various schools across the North East, but believes his exposure to the deadly fibres may date back as far as the 1970s when he worked for one summer at the same paper mill as his father in Kent.
Adrian, from Whitley Bay, said: “I was only there for a short period, but that is where my father was exposed to asbestos dust.
“He was a maintenance engineer and worked in dirty, dusty areas where pipes lagged with asbestos ran across the ceiling and underneath the floor.
“I worked in a different area, but I remember often having tea from a flask we’d brought from home sitting with my dad at his end of the factory.
“I don’t know whether the damage was done there or at one of the schools where I worked.”
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