Published: 12 Dec 2017

Loyal employee, Phil, has three reasons to celebrate

A triple celebration was in store for a member of staff at Jennings Motor Group recently when he celebrated his 65th Birthday, 15 years’ loyalty, and his retirement - all on the same day.

Philip Johnston, from Birtley, has worked at the group’s service department on Parsons Road in Washington since 2002, after starting as a workshop controller.  In recent years, he also became involved in the parts side of the business, as well as helping out with visual health check work within the busy service department.

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On the day of his retirement, Phil was greeted with both birthday and retirement balloons and banners, cards, a cake, gifts, and a loyalty certificate and high street vouchers, courtesy of his colleagues at the Washington-based dealership who wanted to make it a day to remember.

Phil said; “It was a lovely surprise and quite an emotional day. 

“I have made many friends over the years at Washington, as well as witnessing a lot of changes within the company as a result of expansion and investment plans, as well as having to adapt to new technology.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their very kind wishes and generous gifts.”

Three members of staff, including service manager, June Appleyard, group service and bodyshop manager, Brian Johnston and group manager service analyst, Alan Davison, have all been managers to Phil over the years and they were all delighted to be part of the surprise presentation and party celebrations.

June Appleyard, service manager at Jennings Motor Group’s Washington-based site, said:

“Phil has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the years, and he’s going to be a tremendous miss in the department.  On behalf of the company and all of his colleagues at Washington, I would like to congratulate him on his birthday milestone, as well as achieving 15 years’ loyalty, but most important of all I would like to wish him a very healthy and happy retirement.”

“It’s not every day, you have three reasons to celebrate!”

For more information about the range of products and services, call into the Parsons Road site, contact 0333 414 9750

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