First Cymru Staff Celebrate 1,014 Years of Committed Service
Twenty-eight employees from bus operator First Cymru have been officially recognised for their dedicated service to ensuring bus-traveling public arrive at their destination safely and on time.
Together they’d amassed more than a millennium of dedicated service, and each was honoured and presented with long service awards by First Cymru Manager Director Andrew Sherrington and Head of Operations Mark Jacobs at a special Celebration evening at the Manor Park Country House in Swansea in the presence of partners, friends and colleagues.
First Cymru Managing Director Andrew Sherrington said:
These 29 wonderful colleagues represent more than 1,000 years' of loyal service. Two drivers, Ken Beckers and Alan Thomas started work with us in 1966 and 1969 respectively, and have clocked up more than a century of service between them – what was it like then? Conductors were still on the bus, buses didn’t have power steering, Swansea was granted city status, the Severn Bridge opened and Barclays Bank introduces the very first British credit card. A lot has changed since then…
Simply driving a bus safely on today’s busy and congested roads is an extremely demanding task, but factor in having to stop, start and manoeuvre in and out of traffic throughout a journey, plus dealing with a myriad of customer service issues and using the latest ticketing technology, you have a level of challenge that’s a real test of a professional driver. Now, drivers maybe the frontline ‘troops’ but it takes a team effort, also involving engineers, fitters, coachbuilders, traffic controllers, schedulers and administrators and many more to ensure that we deliver the services that our customers demand. The accumulated knowledge, dedication and professionalism are valued assets to the business, and First is delighted to have had the opportunity to recognise their commitment. We are very proud of our staff and grateful for the service they provide to our customers.
During the event, the bus operator also took the opportunity to pay tribute to staff that had gone the extra mile in terms of customer service, past winners of the employee of the month award and drivers with the smoothest and most fuel-efficient driving style.
Two further drivers were praised for their heroic actions; one came to the rescue of a member of public who was involved in a traffic accident, and the other driver assisted a pedestrian who became unwell.
Honoured for more than 40 years’ service were:
- Kenneth (Kenny) Beckers (52 years)
- Leslie (Alan) Thomas (50 years)
- Paul Miller (46 years)
- Eric Vice (44 years)
- Keith Davies (43 years)
- Nigel Thorne (43 years)
- Stephen Young (42 years)
- Peter Harris (41 years)
- Brian Jones (41 years)
Honoured for 40 years’ service were:
- Robert Temple
- David Franks
- Ian Smale
Honoured for 35 years’ service were:
- David Davies
- Andrew Watkins
- Jonathan Westwood
Honoured for 30 years' service were
- Kalwant Sangha
- Vernon Morgan
- Philip Murphy
- Carl Howell
- Harry Packer
- Anthony James
- Huw Williams
- Gareth Griffiths
Honoured for 25 years’ service were
- Thomas Rogers
- Melville Goddard
- Richard Brunt
- Stephen Collins
- David Jenkins