Three stalwarts at a logistics company in Rutland have been honoured with a celebration marking their careers.
Stan Malbon, Tom Boon and Brian Naylor were thanked for all their hard work over many years by former employers South Luffenham transport and warehousing firm C S Ellis.
A special celebration was held in the London Room at the George Hotel in Stamford to mark their time with the company.
Stan, who was known as ‘Stan the Man’, turned his hand to many jobs at the firm including mechanics, business, LGV and fork truck driving. He, like Tom and Brian had worked for four generations of the Ellis family.
Tom started his career as an LGV driver and visited many parts of the UK. He later became a full-time heavy recovery and roadside assistance mechanic.
Brian also joined the company as an LGV driver and is his time, covered an average of 80,000 miles a year over 40 years.
Chairman Trevor Ellis paid tribute to the men, as well as other long serving colleagues Di Morgan, Colin Wright and David Beever.
He said: “I think of these long serving employees as part of our extended family. I spent my early years at the company learning from Stan who taught me how to drive trucks and about the way to conduct yourself in life, humility, honesty, compassion and good humour being the building blocks. Stan was an excellent tutor along with Colin, Di, Tom and Brian.
“I thank them for their help and guidance over the past four decades. They have all played a massive part in shaping me and the company and I will forever be in their debt for their kindness, support and advice.”