"I made a clean break and it was possibly the best decision I ever took," Reardon said. "There were lots of reasons, I suppose. At my age, maybe your eyes aren't so good; and your nerves do take a battering in the pressure games. I saw the signs and I got out." Now 62, Reardon can still be seen in summertime at Butlins in Bognor and Minehead, where his popularity remains high. "I play every week from April to October to people who've known me for years. It's great fun."
A former miner - once buried for three hours by a roof fall at Florence Colliery, near Stoke-on-Trent - and later a policeman, Reardon has settled in Torquay, where he lives with his wife, Carole. "I play some golf but mainly my time is spent gardening, walking, wining and dining - a bit of quality of life."