Members of staff with nearly 400 years’ service between them have been recognised for their commitment to trent barton.
Among those receiving long-service awards were the company’s chairman, Brian King, who was a member of the original management buyout team in 1986.
Prior to then, trent barton operated as Trent Buses and Brian has now clocked up 50 years’ service.
On receiving the award, Brian said: “I’ve seen a lot of changes over the past half-century, but feel proud to have been part of an organisation that has evolved into the leading provider of bus services across the East Midlands.
“I can honestly say it has been a pleasure working with so many dedicated colleagues over the years, and meeting many of our customers in the diverse communities we serve.”
Also honoured at the awards were Langley Mill-based fitter Ian McBryde and driver Peter Wardle, who is based at Dove Holes in Buxton. Both Ian and Peter have worked for the company for 45 years, with Ian starting his career with us as an apprentice.
Meanwhile drivers Terence Barrowcliffe, Pat Harte, and Michael Bagnall were presented with awards after 35 years’ service, as was Engineering Support Unit Team Leader Tony Lee.
Awards for 25 years’ service were also presented to John Edwards, Ian Findlay, John Dolphin, David Harrison and Paul Riley, who all work as drivers.
Following a presentation ceremony and celebratory dinner at Morley Hayes Golf Club, Managing Director Jeff Counsell said: “The fact that we have so many staff who have worked here so long says something about the team spirit that drives the company.
“Everyone who has received a long-service award should be congratulated for their commitment to making trent barton one of the very best independent bus operators in the country.”
Pictured here left to right are; top row – Paul Riley, Ian Findlay, John Edwards. Middle row - John Dolphin, Peter Wardle, Pat Harte, Brian King, Tony Lee. Front row – David Harrison, Ian McBryde, Michael Bagnall, Terence Barrowcliffe