Date: 11th March 2015 at 6:39pm
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Torquay United have confirmed that chairman Thea Bristow will step down from the role at the end of the current campaign.

A statement carried on the Official Site explained that she had been thinking about this move for a while, and Thea now feels it’s in the best interests of her, her family and the club that she now steps down from the role of chairman to enable fresh ideas and people to come in and take the club forward.

‘As I am sure people will appreciate, the role of Chairman can be a stressful one and recently it has had an impact on my health. Therefore, now is the right time to say that I think I have done enough. It`s been almost five years since Paul passed away and I have basically been majority funding the club since, including helping to build Bristow`s Bench, which we will always be proud of. We have enjoyed some great times, including the Wembley appearances, Promotions and the FA Cup runs, not to be forgotten.’

Thea goes on to say that obviously the club will retain a special place in heart and she’ll be forever grateful for the support she received during Paul’s passing from people inside of the club and the fans and she confirms that she will continue to fund Torquay until the end of the season.

As part of that she promises to arrange for the loans into the club to be transferred into equity, so when the club passes into new hands it will do so debt free.

‘Kelvin Thomas has kindly agreed to stay until the end of this period to help the club and me with this transition, which I have agreed to fund personally. His hard work will continue to find the right custodians and help to improve the structure of the club.’

As for passing the club on given various rumours in the past months, she adds in the statement.

‘We are currently talking to a group interested in purchasing the club, and these discussions will continue. We are also aware of the Torquay United Supporters` Trust (TUST) desire to own the club, so this would be a great time for them to step up and make that commitment, and there is always the option of a Consortium Mark Two, which has been muted.’

Ending by saying.

‘Finally, I would like to thank the fans, my family and friends for all the kind wishes and support over the years and I look forward to being a noisy part of the Yellow Army for years to come.’

Director Alan Bristow will be stepping down at the end of the season also.

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