A long-serving Ilfracombe choir master is retiring after more than four decades. Nick Pedlar, 69, has been involved with Holy Trinity Church choir for much of his life, joining in 1953 as a young chorister and becoming choir master in 1974. Initially agreeing to serve five years to fill the gap when the previous director of music stood down, he continued for 42 years. Yesterday (Sunday) he took part in his final service as choir master, which was followed by a reception and presentation lunch afterwards. One of his former choristers, Nathan Vernon, is taking on the choir masters role. Mr Pedlar said after 42 years he felt it was time to hand the job over to someone younger and let them take the reins. He said when he started in the 1970s it was a new experience: I had never done it before in my life or directed any music, but I thought it was a chance to see what I could do and I quite enjoyed it. Overall its been a very happy time, with a very loyal choir, particularly the men. But its time to retire and spend more weekends with my wife and family. I was waiting for someone who would come along and do the job well and I think Nathan will.