Four apprentices spark friendship that lasts 40 years

28 April 2016 - Latest news

Four employees of believe housing sparked up a friendship while working as apprentice electricians that has lasted four decades.

Robert Blackburn, Andrew Edwards, Neil Graham and David Howard are celebrating 40 years of working together.

All four workers now fulfil their day-to-day duties within Group Property Services (GPS) – believe housing’s repairs, maintenance and improvements division.

GPS’ Technical Manager, Andrew Edwards, said: “None of us could have known when we started out as apprentices that we’d still be working together 40 years later.

“We began our working life together at what was then City of Durham Council back in 1976, so we’ve now got a combined total of 160 years’ service between us.

“So much has changed during that time; there are a lot of new regulations, more paperwork involved and loads of new technology.”

Neil commented: “I don’t think we’ve changed too much in 40 years though, have we?”

believe housing’s Director of Assets and Regeneration, Ged Walsh, has congratulated the faithful four.

He said: “As someone who is relatively new to the group, it’s fantastic to recognise this level of progression and commitment within the organisation.”

While Robert continues to work as an electrician and David is a Chargehand Electrician, Neil is now Electrical Supervisor and Andrew is Technical Manager.

The quartet recently got together to re-enact a photograph that was taken of them in 1990 at Andrew’s wedding.

Photos below: both photos show (left to right) Robert Blackburn, Neil Graham, Andrew Edwards and David Howard of Group Property Services. The first photo was taken in 1990; the second in 2016.


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