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Left to right: Harry Southern, Mayor Anderson, Sid Atherton and Roy Powell

Three employees from Arriva Merseyside have reached a milestone in their careers, each having worked for the company for an amazing 50 years.

Harry Southern and Roy Powell joined the company in 1964, with Sid Atherton following soon after in January 1965.

Working from the swinging sixties right through to present day, the trio were invited to a special presentation at The Mayor of Liverpool’s Office to commemorate the occasion.

Phil Stone, regional managing director, Arriva North West & Wales said: “To work for just one company for over 50 years shows a dedication to service and commitment to a profession like nothing else.

“Harry, Roy and Sid are well known throughout the company, and their loyalty and many years of service are wholeheartedly appreciated by the directors and management team here at Arriva.”

All three started their working life with MPTE, which then became Merseybus, then MTL and most recently Arriva.

Howard Farrall, area managing director for Arriva Merseyside said: “It was great to be able to mark this landmark in service with a visit to The Mayor of Liverpool’s Office, it’s an incredible achievement and we’d like to thank Mayor Anderson for marking the occasion with us.”

Mayor Anderson said: “I was delighted to congratulate Harry, Roy and Sid on their dedicated half a century of service each.

“Bus drivers are an essential part of our public transport network and perform a vital duty in getting people around the city safely.

“They are unsung heroes who we simply couldn’t do without.”

Harry, who works as Arriva Customer Services Supervisor at Liverpool John Lennon Airport added: “I think I can speak for all three of us when I say that buses have been a very large part of our lives for a very long time! We thoroughly enjoy our jobs and the people we work with are great, which is the key to having a long career in any industry.

“Marking the occasion has been really enjoyable. Thinking back, there’s been a lot of change and many great memories along the years, and many more to come in the future!”


Photograph left to right: Harry Southern, Mayor Anderson, Sid Atherton and Roy Powell