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Vauxhall’s Bryan Webb to retire after 75 years' of service

Bryan Webb, warranty administrator at Baylis Vauxhall Group

Baylis Vauxhall Group warranty administrator, Bryan Webb is to retire, ending a 75-year association with the company.

Webb, now aged 90, started working for Vauxhall in January 1946 as a mechanical apprentice at Hough and Whitmore in Gloucester, and by the age of 26, he was workshop foreman.

For the last 34 years, Webb has worked as a warranty administrator at Baylis Gloucester, and his career has seen him own a succession of Vauxhall models stretching across seven decades, beginning with a Vauxhall Velox in 1956.

Julian Bawdon, director at Baylis, said: "I have only known Bryan for 14 years of his long career with the company and he is a credit to both Baylis and Vauxhall.

“I would like to thank him for his incredible loyalty and hard work, as well as wish him a long and happy retirement."

Vauxhall said Webb still wears the watch that was handed to him in 1970 in recognition of 25 years of service.

Caption: Bryan Webb, Vauxhall, third from left, pictured after joining as an apprentice in 1946

Paul Willcox, managing director at Vauxhall, said: “For anyone to enjoy a 75-year career is an impressive feat but to be involved with the same company for this length of time is remarkable.

“On behalf of all of us at Vauxhall Motors, we thank Bryan warmly for his dedication, hard work and long service and we wish him a very happy and healthy retirement – it’s no less than he deserves.”

Webb said: "I love to keep busy and have thoroughly enjoyed my 75 years with Baylis and Vauxhall.

“I will miss my colleagues and wish them every success in the future.

“The biggest change I've seen in my career is new technology coming in and I hope Vauxhall continues this trend with its growing range of all-electric cars and vans."

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