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Suffolk Scania technician heads for retirement after 50 years of service in Stowmarket




After 50 years of service, a Scania technician based in Suffolk will retire this month.

David Keeling began working for TruckEast - Stowmarket in 1971, and was presented with a long service award alongside his colleagues in an outdoor celebration on Wednesday, July 7.

Managing Director, John Biggin, said: "50 years of service is a truly momentous milestone for Dave to achieve, and I am delighted to present him with this award on behalf of TruckEast and wish him the best with his imminent retirement."

David Keeling was presented with a certficate celebrating his years of service. Picture: TruckEast Stowmarket.
David Keeling was presented with a certficate celebrating his years of service. Picture: TruckEast Stowmarket.

Mr Keeling initially started as an apprentice technician, one year after the opening of the branch in Stowmarket. The branch is the oldest operating branch within TruckEast, having opened in 1970.

He is the first to register 50 years working for the company, a rare achievement for a technician in the industry.

"The first six months I was buddied with a welder," David said. "I assisted with drilling the chassis and fitting headboards.

The cake presented to David to celebrate 50 years of service. Picture: TruckEast Stowmarket
The cake presented to David to celebrate 50 years of service. Picture: TruckEast Stowmarket

"Trucks didn’t arrive from the factory ready to go. We would always have about a weeks worth of work on each unit and there was a lot of fabrication involved.

"When I look back over the years in general, I’d sum the changes up by saying that it used to be a slower pace of life. But that could be said about everything though, not just our industry."

David added: "People keep mentioning the 50 years, and I just think where’s the time gone. I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve met some amazing people over the years who have been like family.

"I’ve definitely liked being part of a team and how the work becomes instinctive. It’s pretty surreal that I’ve done 50 years."

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