Independent builders’ merchants Thompson Building Centres have just honoured 11 of their workers who, between them, have clocked up more than 200 years of service.
The Sunderland-based merchant held their first long service awards for staff who have worked for the company for 10-35 years.
The Mayor of Sunderland Cllr. Les Scott presented the awards. He was assisted by 81-year old Albie Thompson, who founded the company more than 50 years ago and is the father of current managing director Anne Ganley.
Staff honoured at the ceremony were 60-year-old Micky Bulmer from Hendon, who works at the company’s waste centre and has been with Thompson’s for 35 years.
Joe Dobbie and Tommy Barraclough received awards for 25-years service each and Debbie Surtees, David Elliott, Alan Foster, Michael Turner, Michael Corner and Brent Ganley, md Anne Ganley’s son, who have all worked for the company for 15 years.
Ten years awards were given out to Kevin Reah and John Mulley.
“We are very lucky to have a lot of loyal staff who have been with us for some considerable time,” said Mrs Ganley. “And this was a way to let them know that we are appreciative of all the hard work they have done over the years.
“I feel very lucky that all of our staff are completely committed to the company and to their jobs but it’s especially gratifying to have people with us who helped build the foundations of Thompson’s because they have been with us from the early days.
“These are the people who have put the pieces in place to help create our success and who have passed on their strong work ethic to the other employees as the company has grown.”
Thompson Building Centres is the region’s leading independent builders’ merchants and now operates a multi-million pound business, which includes TAPS plumbers’ merchants and a waste management centre.
The company now operates sites in Durham, Newcastle, South Shields and Team Valley along with its branches in Sunderland.