Stagecoach Manchester driver, Rod Garner, will this month complete a mammoth 50 years’ service for the local bus operator and still has no plans to hang up his keys until next summer.
Higher Poynton resident, Rod, first began working in the industry on 2nd December 1968 when Hugo Montenegro Orchestra topped the charts with ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’, Harold Wilson ruled as UK Prime Minister and Manchester United had, earlier that year, become the first English club to win the European Cup.
Having started out as a bus conductor for the Stockport Corporation at the old Heaton Lane Depot, Rod fondly remembers the year he started when three gallons of petrol gave you change from a pound.
Not only that, but Rod, who was initially told he wouldn’t last in the bus industry having already been through two jobs at the age of 18 is still going strong today and regularly operates a range of services leaving the Stockport depot.
Speaking about his retirement, Rod said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to clock up 50 years working in an ever-changing industry, where my friends and colleagues have always been the highlight and have made working with buses such an enjoyable time.
“I have at least another six months in me yet and will make sure I see out next summer before deciding on plans for retirement.”
Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Elisabeth Tasker, said: “Rod has demonstrated a tremendous amount of loyalty to Stagecoach and the bus industry as a whole over the last 50 years and is one of the strongest characters in the Stockport depot. I want to congratulate him on celebrating such a huge milestone and thank him for his tireless years of service. He’s an extremely valuable member of the team and we’re not ready to let go of him just yet!”