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AFTER nearly four decades of providing information, advice and guidance to the young people of Huntingdonshire, Lyn Boothman has retired. Based in St Ives, her last role was as manager of information services for Connexions, but Mrs Boothman has been help

AFTER nearly four decades of providing information, advice and guidance to the young people of Huntingdonshire, Lyn Boothman has retired.

Based in St Ives, her last role was as manager of information services for Connexions, but Mrs Boothman has been helping young people for the past 38 years.

"Some things haven't changed at all," she told The Hunts Post. "Young people still need good quality support to make decisions which can have a major effect on the rest of their lives."

Mrs Boothman began as a trainee careers officer in 1969 at the Youth Employment Service helping children in Huntingdon and Peterborough. She worked her way up through various posts in the careers service, which has taken her all over the country, before finally taking on her role with Connexions.

She said the biggest changes she has witnessed over the past four decades were more and more 15 and 16-year-olds staying in education rather than heading out to work.

She added: "I don't think there was one position that I liked more than others, as they were all different, but the fact they all involved helping young people to make the most of their lives was rewarding."

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Mrs Boothman said she now hopes to further her interest in history.