Drivers celebrate 50 years of service with Arriva North West
Dennis Holding, 69, Stuart Poole, 71, and Ken Cherry, 69, were presented with the accolade at the Long Service Awards ceremony at Aintree Racecourse on Merseyside, alongside Arriva colleagues who were up for their 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of service awards.
Now, Dennis a relief traffic supervisor/driver, Stuart a part-time driver and Ken a bus driver with Arriva, all started their careers with the company in 1968 as bus conductors – the year that Martin Luther King was assassinated, Enoch Powell delivered his ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, the Beatles launched the ‘White Album’, and British Post introduced First Class Post –when a bus ticket cost as little as three pence ‘old money’ a journey.
During their combined 50 years with Arriva, Dennis, Stuart and Ken have welcomed seven children, and nine grandchildren, as well as celebrating a 48th wedding anniversary, and soon to be 20th wedding anniversary.
Ken Cherry commented on his award saying: “I’m delighted to have received my award for 50 years of service with Arriva. When I started as a young man in 1967, it was a job that I needed in order to buy my first house with Barbara. Since then, I’ve never looked back and I can honestly say that it’s been a real pleasure to work for such a great company. These last 50 years I’ve been so busy watching the minutes tick by on my bus timetable that I don’t know where the years have gone!”
Phil Stone, managing director of Arriva North West, said: “Our annual Long Service Awards is probably the most enjoyable night of the year in the company. It’s fantastic to see such long service and loyalty to the company, and it’s an absolute privilege to be a part of Dennis, Ken, and Stuart’s achievements and the celebration of their success. Our sincere congratulations goes out to all and we thank them, and their family and friends who have helped throughout their careers at Arriva.”
Pictured above from L - R: Dennis Holding, and his wife Brenda, Ken Cherry, and his partner Barbara, Stuart Poole and his wife Catherine being presented with their 50 years of service award at the Arriva Long Service Awards.