Tony hopes to be back on track soon - thanks to the power of a Dragon!

Reporter: Simon Smedley
Date published: 22 January 2021

It’s been a roller-coaster of a 24 hours in the life of humble Chadderton man Tony Seal.

From the despair of finding out that he’s lost his job, Tony, aged 55, will now be spending the weekend weighing up future career options, and it’s all thanks to the power of a Dragon!

It all started last night (Thursday) when former Radclyffe School pupil Tony, who lives at home with wife Diane, placed a simply-worded post on Twitter.

Just hours after leaving footwear retailer Footasylum, he wrote: “Lost my job today.

“I've been in warehousing all my working life.

“19 years managerial experience with a track record for coaching, training and mentoring people to gain first time promotion.

“I'm now willing to just be an operative as I just want to work.

“Any RT appreciated.”

Well, as at 5pm on Friday afternoon, Tony’s words had indeed be re-Tweeted – nearly 16,000 times!

“Well, I've gone viral on Twitter it seems,” Tony said today.

“So far I have had over 600 comments (not all job offers, but a few), 15,600 re-Tweets and 12,000 likes.

“This is due in large part to a certain Dragon from the Den, Deborah Meaden, kindly re-Tweeting my post.

“It's mental.

“I'm struggling to keep up with everything.

“Seriously, though, I just find it all a bit overwhelming.

“The messages I have received, not only job offers, but well wishes and words of encouragement too, are just amazing.

“In this time of hardship for so many people and for so many people to take the time to message me is very humbling.

“And it's all down to the power of a Dragon.”

Tony told the Chronicle that he’s still not sure what he’s going to do career-wise in the future.

“I am still working my way through all these replies,” he said.

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