A man who began his working life as a 15-year-old apprentice at a north east Council recently celebrated his 50th year of working for the same employer.

Michael Stevens, 65, a vehicle fitter from Croxdale, started his apprenticeship in 1969 with Durham City Council, which later merged into Durham County Council. Michael is planning to retire this September.

The council’s chief executive, Terry Collins, and head of environment, Oliver Sherratt, joined Michael and his workmates as they celebrated his incredible half-century in the job.

Michael was presented with a certificate and a shopping voucher as an acknowledgement of his years of dedication and hard work.

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Michael Stevens receiving his certificate for 50 years’ service in front of his workmates at Durham County Council

Terry Collins said, “I was delighted to present Michael with his certificate and to thank him personally for his outstanding service. Fifty years is an incredible achievement. The council wishes him well for his future retirement.”

Oliver Sherratt said, “Over 50 years Michael has amassed considerable experience and expertise in the maintenance and care of the council’s fleet to keep them on the road.”

“He is highly regarded by all his work colleagues, who delight in him reaching this remarkable milestone, and wish him all the very best.”

A keen and gifted rower, Michael has represented Durham in the Rowing World Masters. He hopes that in his retirement he will be able to spend more time on the water as well as sharing more time with his wife Dianne and his grandchildren.

Michael said, “I’ve enjoyed working here. That’s why I’ve stayed for 50 years, but when I do retire, I am looking forward to concentrating on more rowing and cycling.”

(This article’s featured image shows Michael Stevens, centre, with Terry Collins, right, and Oliver Sherratt, left.)

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