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02 Nov 2018
Stagecoach East Midlands held their annual Long Service Awards on 27th October 2018; a celebratory evening in honour of past and present staff to recognise long service and reward special contributions to the company.
The ceremony, which took place at the Lincolnshire Showground and was hosted by BBC Radio presenter David Sheppard, featured an evening of dancing, entertainment and celebration which acknowledged the achievements of long serving employees and their commitment to Stagecoach over the years.
Staff from all aspects of the business were acknowledged; from drivers, managers and engineers to inspectors, maintenance crew and administration personnel. With over 890 years of service collectively between them, the event sought to honour the loyalty and dedication of these employees.
All staff were invited to the stage to receive a commemorative award and certificate before having their photo taken in front of a special Stagecoach bus which was parked in the venue especially for the evening. Not only were long serving members recognised during the event, but the acknowledgements also included retired employees who were equally recognised for their contributions over previous years.
During the ceremony, those present were also asked to take a few moments to remember colleagues who have passed away over the last year. One particular story was of Andy Taylor, bus driver from the Grimsby depot, ECO Champion and much loved colleague, who sadly passed away at the end of last year from a heart attack. Andy is remembered by colleagues as a true gentleman and in his memory, the Grimsby staff organised a charity cricket match which raised over £4,000 for the British Heart Foundation. Andy’s dedicated legacy at Stagecoach lives on through the lending library which he helped to set up at the depot’s canteen and which staff today still benefit from.
The awards evening also celebrated community spirit and camaraderie with a special ‘Team Award’ which saw the Grimsby depot taking home the crown. The award recognised the team for their admirable work in converting Hattie the Seasider into a fantastic community bus and their continual efforts to deliver quality customer service and improve services, which has led the depot to be nominated for a national UK Bus Award
Key company figures were in attendance at the ceremony, including the current Managing Director Matt Cranwell, UK Bus communications Manager Gemma Puricelli, Darren Roe from the Business Change Team and previous Managing Director Michelle Hargreaves.
Matt Cranwell said: “We at Stagecoach East Midlands are so proud of all our staff, and want to honour and celebrate these important milestones of long service to our company. This special evening is dedicated to those who continue to support us and have worked hard to help us make this company the success it is today. We are so grateful to our employers for their loyalty, commitment and dedication over the years, and this evening is about recognising what an incredible job our staff continue to do.”