16 Nov 2017
Stagecoach employees from across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex have been recognised for their loyal service and commitment to passenger transport at a special ceremony.
Over 20 members of bus company staff have clocked up an impressive 650 years of long service between them.
The ceremony took place at The Brookfield Hotel, located in Emsworth, Hampshire. The evening featured a dinner followed by presentations made by Stagecoach South's Managing Director Edward Hodgson who paid tribute to their great contribution.
He said "The bus industry can require exceptional levels of commitment from those who work within it and we so value the contribution of all our employees across the business and the support from their partners and families.
Our Long Service Awards provide a great opportunity for us to recognise the loyalty and devotion shown by our many long serving employees, who have all contributed in helping us to shape and develop the company into one of the country's leading bus operators.”
Winchester based bus driver Nick Knight has clocked up 45 years of service, having joined Stagecoach predecessor Hants & Dorset in 1972.
Other notable milestones were made by Guildford based Shaun Broom and Malcolm Simpson from Winchester who both celebrated 40 years with the company.
A special tribute was also made to longest serving employee, John Clarke from Aldershot who has been driving buses for 48 years, and also to long serving employees who have recently retired; Jenny Harris, Travel shop clerk at Aldershot (after 53 years); Bus drivers Ron Cooper from Chichester (after 35 years) and Brian Travis from Andover (after 30 years); and John Purslow, Engineering Manager from Worthing (after 29 years).