Local bus veteran claims ‘no plans to retire’ as he marks 70th birthday after almost 50 years with local depot.
Local traffic supervisor, Brian Francis not only celebrated his 70th birthday in November, but also 47 years as an employee of Arriva’s Rhyl depot.
Brian, who lives in Rhyl, joined the Arriva team in October 1970 and has enjoyed a long and varied career ever since. Starting out as a conductor, Brian joined Crosville Motor Services at the age of 22, before the company later evolved and merged with Arriva in 1996.
Over the last 50 years, Brian has risen through the ranks, spending time as a driver and later a lead driver in 1989, before moving into his current position as traffic supervisor. He now manages the Rhyl depot overseeing day-to-day operations.
Last November, Brian celebrated turning 70 at work alongside his Arriva family. Speaking about his long career with the company, Brian said: “As you’d expect, I’ve seen a lot of changes within the company over the years, with so many faces coming and going. However, we’re a close-knit team here, and as Arriva’s longest standing staff member I really feel like I’m part of one big family and have absolutely no plans to retire just yet!”
To celebrate and honour Brian’s loyalty to the company, Arriva hosted a birthday lunch where he was joined by fellow workmates to enjoy his favourite fish and chips, with a side of birthday cake.
Michael Morton, Area Managing Director at Arriva Rhyl, said: “Brian is very much the face of the Rhyl depot with his always cheery disposition. You walk into work on a horrible wet day and Brian always has something to say that cheers you up, not to mention a mug of tea or coffee waiting for you!
“The fact that he is still working with the same company after 47 years is a real credit to him and we are so proud that he has reached this momentous milestone with Arriva.”
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