End of an era for long-time printing business

AFTER many decades working in the printing industry, Richard Cambridge has called it quits. 

Mr Cambridge, owner of Cambridge Printing, has sold his business to Bart 'N' Print, and said it was the "end of an era".  

"Cambridge Press was basically first started in 1900," he said.

"I am a third generation of Cambridge Press but 30 years ago we sold our business down in Hargreaves Street to Elliot Newspaper Group, which was based out of Mildura.

"Six years later they closed up and I bought Cambridge's name back but restarted it as Richard Cambridge Printers.

"It is a very sad day." 

Mr Cambridge said he was forced to sell his business after he contracted a disease which affected his nervous system and caused paralysis. 

He spent seven months in hospital and had to learn to walk again.

"I am a long way to getting better. I decided I think I best get better and not worry about (the business) again," he said. 

"I just want to concentrate on getting better and I am at the age now where I would rather be healthy than dead."

Bart 'N' Print owner Steve Bright, who has known Mr Cambridge for many years having completed their printing apprenticeships together at Cambridge Press, said it was an honour to take over the business. 

"I am very proud to take on the business which Richard has continued to build on," he said. 

"When Richard offered it to me I was churning on the inside with excitement because it was such a big deal.

"But the most important thing is for Richard to get better."

Mr Cambridge said he was confident in the ability of Mr Bright to continue the legacy of his business. 

He said Bart 'N' Print had employed two of his staff.

"I feel Steve's place is a perfect fit for what I have to offer," he said. 

Mr Bright said he hoped Mr Cambridge would drop into the business regularly. 

"Richard is welcome to come in and take over when I go on holidays," he said. 

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