Over 551 Years Experience: The Hyde Road Nineteen

Stagecoach Manchester staff from Ardwick depot recognised for long service

Seen at The Lowry Hotel, the nineteen longest serving members of staff from Hyde Road depot.
Seen at The Lowry Hotel, the nineteen longest serving members of staff from Hyde Road depot. (Photograph © 2015 Tangerine P.R. Ltd.)

Nineteen bus employees from Stagecoach Manchester’s Hyde Road depot celebrated a collective 551 years of service at the company’s annual Long Service Awards, held last month.

Manchester resident, Christopher Icely, a service delivery manager at Stagecoach Manchester’s Hyde Road head office, clocked up 36 years’ service, while John Walker and Arthur Ward, who have both been drivers with the bus operator and its predecessors for 35 years, were commended for their time in the industry.

Engineer, Ian Hare, driver, Michael Duckett, Stagecoach UK data manager, Charles Allen, and Stagecoach Group HR manager, June Ashton, each celebrated 35 years’ service.

Commercial director, Raymond Cossins, schedules officer, Mark Ashburn, marketing officer, Anthony Howard-Smith, drivers, Samuel Liburd, Michael Madden, and Peter Heys and engineer, Anthony Cavanagh, were all rewarded for 30 years’ service.

Training administrator, Glynn Carter, driver, Roy Spence, Stagecoach Group pension’s administrator, Ann Lloyd and assistant operations manager Mike Stevens, currently based in Carlisle, received commendation for 25 years’ service.

Inspector, Terence Appleby and drivers, Karen Taylor, David Renshaw and Chokri Boulakhras were thanked for 20 years’ service to the business.

A total of 36 Stagecoach Manchester staff, who collectively have over 1035 years of service between them, were presented with their awards by traffic commissioner for the North West of England, Beverley Bell, at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester.

Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, commented: “We are so proud of all of our long serving employees in Hyde Road and their continued commitment to Stagecoach Manchester. They make up part of a loyal and dedicated team, which delivers excellent service for local people and has helped us to establish a reputation as one of the country’s leading bus operators.

“All recipients of a Long Service Award have at least 20 years’ service with some celebrating as much as 40 years of commitment to the company.

“The Long Service Awards have given Stagecoach Manchester the opportunity to show our genuine appreciation to the people who make the company what it is.”

S.V., 18 January 2015.

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