Two Stowmarket men clock up 80 years between them working for UK Power Networks
Two men from Stowmarket who have clocked up 80 years between them working in the power industry, have been praised by bosses.
Mark Rose and Barry Weston have both reached their 40-year milestone working in the electrical industry, having started 1981.
They have both now joined UK Power Networks' special 40+ Club and handed certificates for their long service.
Mark first joined Eastern Electricity as an apprentice and trained as an electrical fitter.
He was later offered a technical engineering traineeship and became a plant maintenance engineer based in Bury St Edmunds.
He went on to various engineering roles before returning to plant maintenance.
Mark, 56, said: “Like many of my generation, I see working on the electricity supply system as a calling rather than purely a job.
"I have worked with many fantastic people over the years.”
Outside work he enjoys DIY, sailing, kayaking and being outside enjoying the natural world.
Engineer Barry joined the Eastern Electricity Board in 1981 as a 16-year-old apprentice electrical fitter.
“My father, both sisters, and an uncle all worked, at the same time, for London Electricity Board, I did try and join the LEB but as they didn’t take any apprentices on in 1981, so I joined EEB instead.”
Barry was an electrical fitter working out of Ipswich and Stowmarket depots until he became an engineer in 2002 and transferred to Bury St Edmunds Office.
Since 1998 he has been involved in the maintenance and repair of the relay protection systems that protect the electricity network in the East.
He is planning to retire next year and devote more time to his hobbies which include, computers, model railways, and electronics.
Basil Scarsella, chief executive of UK Power Networks, said: “We take this opportunity to recognise the commitment and dedication of our longest-serving employees, who have served their local communities for decades.
"The last 18 months have been an unprecedented time and I am grateful to all of our staff for their key role in keeping power flowing and enabling people to go about their daily lives, while preparing the networks for an exciting low carbon future.”