A TRIPLE celebration was held for a Jennings Motor Group staff member when he marked his 65th birthday, 15 years’ loyalty and retirement – all on the same day.
Phil Johnston, from Birtley, began working at the group’s service department in Parsons Road, Washington, in 2002, 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 healthcheck work within the service department.
On the big day, he was greeted with birthday and retirement balloons plus banners, cards, a cake, gifts, a loyalty certificate plus high street vouchers, courtesy of his colleagues, who wanted to make it a day to remember.
He 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 plus having to adapt to new technology.
‘I’d like to thank everyone for their very kind wishes and generous gifts.’
Service manager June Appleyard, group service and bodyshop manager Brian Johnston (who is unrelated) and group manager service analyst Alan Davison have been managers to Phil over the years and they were all delighted to be part of the surprise presentation and party celebrations.
Appleyard said: ‘Phil has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the years and he’s going to be tremendously missed 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!’
Pictured are Phil Johnston, centre, with Brian Johnston, June Appleyard and members of the team at Jennings Motor Group’s service department in Washington