Three Arriva North West employees were recently honoured for 50 years of service with the bus company by the Metro Mayor of Liverpool at Aintree Racecourse.
Earlier this year, Dennis Holding, 69, Stuart Poole, 71, and Ken Cherry, 69, were each presented with a Long Service Award in a ceremony held at Aintree Racecourse in May.
In further celebration of their remarkable achievements, Dennis, Stuart & Ken were then invited to the Mayor’s office in Mann Island on 4th September for a coffee and a chat with the Mayor. Accompanied by their wives, the trio each received a certificate, signed by the Mayor and Arriva Regional Managing Director Phil Stone, while their wives Brenda Holding, Barbara Cherry and Catherine Poole were presented with a bouquet of flowers.
Afterwards, the three colleagues and their wives were treated to a special lunch at Matou restaurant on the Liverpool Waterfront, with Phil Stone, Area Managing Director Manchester Phil Cummins, and Arriva Area Managing Director Merseyside, Howard Farrall.
Dave Roberts, who works in the Bodyshop department also joins Dennis, Ken & Stuart celebrating 50 years’ service with Arriva, but was unfortunately unable to attend the event.
Phil Stone, Managing Director of Arriva North West, said: “Our annual Long Service Awards is one of the most prestigious awards to be given to drivers, and we were delighted to be able to award Dennis, Ken, Stuart and Dave for their 50 years of loyalty and service to the company.
It was a pleasure having Steve Rotherham join team Arriva to celebrate this momentous occasion and help honour these exceptional members of staff.”
Dennis, a relief traffic supervisor/driver, Stuart, a part-time driver and Ken a bus driver with Arriva, started their careers with the company in 1968 as bus conductors (Ken started a year earlier in 1967) – the year that Martin Luther King was assassinated, 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.
On his award, Ken Cherry commented: “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!”