BEING happy in your job and enjoying what you do everyday is the secret to a long and successful career, according to an MoT tester who is celebrating his 50th year at a garage.
Tony Dunkley, known as “Tony the Technician”, joined Sycamores of Stamford, in West Street, Stamford, in 1962, and half a century later he is still at the same location with the same love for the job.
The 64-year-old, from Westfields, in Easton-on-the-Hill, was a young 15-year-old when he took on the role as an MoT tester at the garage.
Over the years he seen many changes at the garage, with different dealerships coming and going, new advances in technology and has even seen his job title change from mechanic to vehicle technician.
Tony said he was “delighted and proud” to be celebrating 50 years in the job.
He said: “I’m really proud of my time here. I’ve always liked the place, liked the people, and never wanted to move anywhere else.
“When I started as a 15-year-old, I had no idea I would be here this long. It wasn’t something I set out to do.
“They key is to be happy in your job and just go to work enjoying what you do.
“When I look back at my time, it does feel great and I’m going to have a nice celebration with the family.”
When Tony started work at the garage it traded under the BMC group, before Hamblin cars took over in the 1970s and it became a Saab and Datsun dealership. This was before the move to Vauxhall in 1985, under which it still trades.
Tony said: “I’ve seen so many changes during my time.
“I’m the longest serving here and I’ve seen it change dealership a number of times.
“The biggest change I’ve come across is the technology - you have to be so electronically minded now. Technology is changing how you do the job all the time.
“It’s a great job but there’s not many young apprentices coming through like there used to be. It seems like a bit of a dying breed now.”
Grandfather of two Tony, who turns 65 in June, is set to retire in September.
“It’s been my life so I’m really going to miss it,” he added.
“I’ve got nothing much planned for my retirement but I’m looking forward to relaxing for a little while and winding down. It will be nice two spend some time with my two grandchildren, Scarlet and Ethan.”
Service manager at Sycamores of Stamford Ian Nicolle paid tribute to Tony’s loyal service.
He said: “On behalf of the company, I would like to thank Tony for his years of hard work and commitment here.
“He’s been a highly valued and respected member of the team and with all the experience he brings, we’re all going to miss him when he retires.”