Mechanic, 90, Retires After 75 Years Of Service For The Same Company, Gets A Spanner As A Leaving Gift

The UK’s oldest working engineer has chosen to retire after 75 years of service at the same company – and was gifted a spanner for his departure. 

Bryan Webb started working for Vauxhall back in 1946 after walking into his local garage Hough & Whitmore in Gloucester and simply asked whether they had any jobs available.

Four years on, he finished his mechanical apprenticeship and by 26 he was a workshop foreman.

Bryan Webb. Image: BBC

And now, at the age of 90, he has finally decided it is time to lay back and retire. As a leaving present, Bryan received a ceremonial spanner from his co-workers. A plaque was also unveiled in his honor.

For the past 34 years, the mechanic has worked as a warranty administrator at Baylis Gloucester.

Bryan’s career has seen him own a good number of Vauxhall vehicles starting from the Velox model back in 1956.

He still wears his old watch given to him in 1970 as a thank you for being at the firm for 25 years.

Julian Bawdon, director of Baylis, said:

“I have only known Bryan for 14 years of his long career with the company and he is a credit to both Baylis and Vauxhall.

I would like to thank him for his incredible loyalty and hard work, as well as wish him a long and happy retirement.”

Bryan Webb, third from left, after joining as an apprentice in 1946. Image: BBC

Paul Willcox, managing director of Vauxhall, said:

“For anyone to enjoy a 75-year career is an impressive feat but to be involved with the same company for this length of time is remarkable.

On behalf of all of us at Vauxhall Motors, we thank Bryan warmly for his dedication, hard work and long service and we wish him a very happy and healthy retirement – it’s no less than he deserves.”

Image: BBC

Bryan went on to say:

“I love to keep busy and have thoroughly enjoyed my 75 years with Baylis and Vauxhall. I will miss my colleagues and wish them every success in the future.

The biggest change I’ve seen in my career is new technology coming in and I hope Vauxhall continues this trend with its growing range of all-electric cars and vans.”

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