Longest-serving employees at bus firm are honoured

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LONG-SERVING staff at a bus company have been honoured with a special celebration.

Stagecoach held an awards ceremony at Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth to thank employees who have worked at the firm for more than 20 years.

The group of about 20 staff have worked a combined total of more than 700 years for the company.

Stagecoach southern managing director Mike Watson said he was delighted to honour the loyal workers.

Mr Watson said: ‘This was my first long-service event at Stagecoach South and it was great to spend time with such loyal employees.

‘We pride ourselves in our training and development opportunities and it is wonderful to see the benefits.’

Among the other guests to be honoured was Chris Remnant, who has just been appointed engineering director.

Mr Remnant has worked for the firm for more than 20 years.

He started his career at Stagecoach as an engineering apprentice and is following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Richard Alexander, with responsibility for all engineering teams across the south.

Mr Alexander retired earlier in the year after more than 50 years.

Mr Watson said he hoped Mr Remnant would stay just as long.

Two employees celebrating 45 years’ service were Aldershot driver Mohammed Raja and engineering manager Paul Denne.

Mr Denne started his career in East Kent as an engineering apprentice, and following a short stint in Eastbourne he moved to Bar End, Winchester in 2002.

Mr Denne is not only responsible for the day to maintenance of vehicles, but also the paint shop where all vehicles from across the south are being repainted as part of an ongoing five-year repaint programme.