Long-standing employees at Stagecoach Yorkshire have been honoured for their ‘decades of dedication’ at a special event after clocking up nearly a millennium of combined service.
Employees at the leading bus operator were praised for their combined service of 941 years across the company’s depots in Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Chesterfield.
Among the employees singled out for long service accolades at the presentation ceremony at Mercure Sheffield, St Paul’s Hotel were driver John Bacon from the Chesterfield depot who celebrated reaching 45 years of service to the company.
Driver Thomas Hails from the Chesterfield depot was celebrated for 40 years’ service, and Rawmarsh-based driver John Creber for 35 years, while Ecclesfield storekeeper Shaun Kay and Rawmarsh driver David Ryans both reached the 30-year milestone.
More than 40 employees were recognised, including seven people across all of the depots who were retiring from the company after a combined service of more than 250 years.
Other employees praised were the individual ‘Stars of the Month’ including Steve Hickling – October’s Star of the Month who was awarded Star of the Year.
Barnsley depot controller Steve, who also works in operations, was announced as the overall Stagecoach Star after working for the company for nearly 30 years – and never taking a single sick day.
His colleagues chose him for the accolade for his commitment to the company and its customers by ‘covering any and every duty’, and ‘always going above and beyond’.
Also in the spotlight at the ceremony was ‘social media guru’ Carol Jones, who previously won the Customer Service award in the national Stagecoach Group Champions Awards 2017 for her work managing Stagecoach Yorkshire’s Twitter account.
Matt Davies, managing director of Stagecoach said: “Our staff are our lifeblood and we value all our people highly so it is important to recognise their excellence and commitment to our industry, company and customers.
“We wanted to thank all our long-serving team members at this ceremony for all their hard work and their decades of dedication.”