Bruno Gallone retires – Toy World Magazine | The business magazine with a passion for toysToy World Magazine

Bruno is retiring at the end of this week and has written a message to his friends in the toy industry, whom he says he will miss very much.

As his retirement approaches on Thursday, Bruno contacted Toy World to pass on a message to the industry. He is writing:

“I wanted to take the time to thank the toy industry for making the last 24 years the best and most memorable of my working life. I loved being involved and being part of such a vibrant and fun industry. Deep down, we are all still kids at heart, and experiencing all the fantastic new toys, fads and games over the years has had a truly positive effect on me, keeping me young at heart – both mentally and spiritually.

“John Adams has been my family for over 19 years, so I will miss all the wonderful, loyal and very talented people there who just made the years fly by. We’ve had lots of laughs and great times over the years, and even in the challenging times we’ve faced, both John Adams and the wider industry have always risen above, creating new, fun and exciting toys and games .

“Imagine having a job when you wake up every day and you do it with a smile; John Adams and the toy industry have had that effect on me for the past 24 years. It was an honor and a privilege to not only work in a place I love, but in an industry I loved.

“As I retire (early, of course) to spend more time with my wife and family, traveling extensively, completing a renovation project, writing and performing more songs and much more, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was part of my toy industry history. You made it a very special period of my life, which I will always remember with great pleasure.

‘All the best in toys (and music), Bruno Gallone.’

Bruno was delighted to combine two of those passions last week at the Toymaster May Show, where he fronted hugely popular toy industry band Toy Division during Awards Night. Along with independent retailer Jon Starling (Starlings Toymaster) on bass guitar, Matt Martin (Agent) on drums, John Mallabar (Orchard Toys) on guitar and vocals, Matthew Parlett (John Adams) on guitar and Paul Reader (Toymaster) on backup song (and interpretive dancing) closed out the first day of the show, as suppliers and retailers alike celebrated a successful day of trading.

Bruno received a Special Recognition Award during the evening. Toymaster director Yogi Parmar, who presented the award, said: “Bruno has always been a great supporter of both the Indies and Toymaster, and always finds the time to help. Bruno, thank you for being yourself and for all your hard work.”

Toy World wishes Bruno all the best for his retirement.

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