East Farndon aerial expert retires after 43 years

Geoff Capell, from the TV and radio aerial firm Capell Bros, is handing over the reins to new owner Robin Garfield after 43 years
Geoff Capell, from the TV and radio aerial firm Capell Bros, is handing over the reins to new owner Robin Garfield after 43 years

A TV and radio aerial expert from the area has come down to earth after more than 43 years on roofs and in attics.

Geoff Capell has retired from his business after installing thousands of aerials across the district from his base in East Farndon, near Market Harborough.

The Capell Bros name will live on however – the business is being taken on by Market Harborough man Robin Garfield.

Mr Capell started the business in 1971, with his brother Steve, who died five years ago.

He has since seen a revolution in the industry since from low-quality, black-and-white TV sets showing just three channels in the 1970s, to the digital modern entertainment centres of today, with built-in internet, multiple channels, TV and films on demand and even Skype.

Mr Capell said: “This has been the best job I could have wished for.

“I’ve enjoyed it regardless of the weather conditions, because I enjoyed the work and enjoyed meeting the public.

“I would like to sincerely thank all customers and local businesses for their support.”

But has he ever fallen off a roof?

“No, but I did have a situation in Theddingworth where a gust of wind blew my ladders down, and I was stranded on the chimney. My brother Steve had to come from Farndon to rescue me,” he explained.

Mr Capell says he had older customers who told him “you have done five of my houses now”.

And even in a time of satellite dishes and HDMI cables, there’s still a huge demand for an aerial installed by Capell Bros. “You still need an aerial really,” said Mr Capell.

“It gives you much more flexibility with the TVs in your house.

“We like the wildlife programmes, Country File and that sort of thing. And I’m a Formula One fan.”

And he watches it all on a normal HD TV – not a smart one. He said: “I’m not interested in the computer side.”

He says he will spend some of his retirement as a voluntary driver for Daventry District Council, and probably fixing the odd TV.

And he added that the company with his name on is still in safe hands.

“Robin is the right chap to take the firm on,” he said.

“He’s in it for the long haul.”