Life of Riley: Stagecoach Lynchpin Celebrates 49 Years Service

Life of Riley: Stagecoach Lynchpin Celebrates 49 Years Service
Peter began working for the bus operator in 1970 and has worked at every Stagecoach Manchester depot.Stagecoach

Stagecoach Manchester Store Keeper, Peter Riley, has hung up his toolbox after an impressive 49 years of service for the local bus operator. Peter spent his last day celebrating his long and successful career with colleagues at the Ashton depot.

Openshaw resident Peter began working for the bus operator in 1970, and has since worked at every Stagecoach Manchester depot, most recently as a Store Keeper at the company’s Ashton Depot. Here he was tasked with the crucial role of ordering and managing parts for the Engineers. Peter’s manager Garry Rowlands appropriately described him as ‘the beating heart of the team’.

Getting his start as a Messenger Boy when he was a bright-eyed 15-year-old straight out of school, Peter commented that things, when he started out, were very different from the way they are now. “We didn’t have mobile phones, emails and computers, it was all much simpler back then!” Now aged 64, Peter has clocked out for the last time, as he prepares for a well-deserved retirement.

On his last day, Peter’s team gathered for a presentation, where he was presented with a customary engraved tankard, flowers, and a few beers, so he can enjoy a well-deserved toast to his retirement. 

Speaking about his career, Peter said: “My time working with Stagecoach has been really rewarding, and I’m lucky to have enjoyed working for the same company for such a large number of years. I’ll miss all of my colleagues, but I’m very excited for my retirement!”

“I’m going to enjoy having the time to work on the house, spend time with my grandchildren and go on lots of holidays with my wife!”

Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Elisabeth Tasker, said: “Peter has demonstrated such loyalty to Stagecoach over the years, having been a key figure at every single one of our depots. I want to congratulate him on behalf of Stagecoach Manchester for celebrating 49 years of service, and wish him the very best in his retirement!”

Tom Harrison

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