Speke man Dennis Holding celebrates 50 years of service

Mon, July 16th, 2018

At Arriva North West

Dennis Holding, of Tarbock, Speke, has been honoured at a special ceremony for reaching 50 years of service with Arriva North West.

Mr Holding, 69, was presented with his accolade at the Long Service Awards ceremony at Aintree Racecourse on Merseyside, alongside Arriva colleagues who were up for their 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of service awards.
Now a relief traffic supervisor/driver with Arriva, Dennis started his career with the company in 1968 as a bus conductor – the year that Martin Luther King was assassinated, Enoch Powell delivered his ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, the Beatles launched the ‘White Album’, and British Post introduced First Class Post –when a bus ticket cost as little as three pence ‘old money’ a journey. After two years, Dennis then went on to train as a bus driver where he stayed for the next twelve years at the Speke depot, followed by various career changes including a role as a mobile ticket inspector, and an 11 year stint as a desk supervisor at the former Edge Lane depot, followed by one final transfer to the Speke depot where he currently resides.

During his 50 years with Arriva, Dennis has had two daughters, Michele and Paula, and is looking forward to celebrating 20 years married to Brenda next year on the 25th September 2019.

Dennis commented: “I’m delighted to have received my award for 50 years of service with Arriva. When I started as a young man in March 1968, it was supposed to be a temporary job, a means of earning money quickly, but once I trained as a bus conductor, I liked the job and company so much that I never left.”

Phil Stone, managing director of Arriva North West, said: “Our annual Long Service Awards is probably the most enjoyable night of the year in the company. It’s fantastic to see such long service and loyalty to the company, and it’s an absolute privilege to be a part of Dennis’s achievement and the celebration of his success. Our sincere congratulations goes out to Stuart and we thank him, and his family and friends who have helped him throughout his career at Arriva.”

Caption: Dennis Holding and his wife far left, being presented with his 50 years of service award at the Arriva Long Service Awards alongside colleagues (l-r) Ken Cherry, and his partner Barbara, Stuart Poole and his wife Catherine

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