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End of an era for Scottish colleagues

02 Oct 2017
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Four of our engineers are set to retire on the same day after more than 180 years of combined service. 

They joined us as apprentices and have worked together or in the same teams for nearly all of their long careers in the north of Scotland. 

Sandy, Colin, Gordon and Lennox supply and maintain phone and fibre broadband for business customers across the region from Aberdeen and Huntly.

When they finally hand back their passes, Sandy will be just 10 months short of 50 years’ service. 

“We’ve been mates and work colleagues for so long we decided we’d all go together,” he says. “We knew that would leave a big hole in our team, so we gave a long notice period to give our bosses the best chance to replace us all.”

Sandy says he’s seen some tremendous changes since joining in 1968. “I started in the telegraph repair workshop and moved on to data modems, wideband, Ethernet and fibre. When I started we worked with bare wires.”

After 45 years, Colin says he’ll miss the guys as well as the routine of getting up and going to work. His wife Jane worked as a catering manager for us in Aberdeen until she had their two daughters.

“I’ve had some really good times, but now I’m looking forward to having more time with my grandchildren,” he says.

Lennox, who’s mostly worked from the Huntly office over his 42 years, is also looking forward to babysitting his grandchildren. “I know we’ll keep in touch,” he says of his colleagues. “We’ve plenty of shared interests including fishing and golf.”

With 45 years’ service, Gordon is not the only member of his family to spend his working life with us. He says: “My mother, father and wife all worked for BT. And my brother still does. When I got married the local paper ran a story because the bride, groom, best man, ushers and bridesmaids all worked for our company.”

Gordon is already planning hill-walking trips with his eldest son and playing bass guitar in a covers band with him. And plenty of golf with his youngest son.

“I’m sad to leave in some respects,” he says. “But it’s also the beginning of a new era with lots of new opportunities to look forward to.”