Mechanic hangs up his tools after 30 years at Sherwoods in Darlington

The Northern Echo: John Rochester with managing director Alasdair MacConachie John Rochester with managing director Alasdair MacConachie

A MECHANIC is to hang up his tools after more than 30 years working for the same family firm.

John Rochester spent his 65th birthday working his last shift at Darlington car dealership Sherwoods after a working lifetime in the industry.

The company estimates that during his career Mr Rochester has changed 150,000 litres of oil, 30,000 oil filters and checked a quarter-of-a-million tyres.

Mr Rochester, from Richmond, in North Yorkshire, started out as a trainee with Sherwoods when it was based in Grange Road, Darlington, and stayed with the firm, looking after their commercial vehicles.

He will now spend his retirement Margaret, his wife of 33 years, indulging in his love of gardening, particularly growing his own vegetables.

Mr Rochester said: “It has been really great. I will miss Sherwoods, especially the friendly banter.”

Sherwoods managing director, Alasdair MacConachie, said: “This occasion is something very special to celebrate. John has been a great friend and colleague and his length of service with us has been a magnificent achievement.”

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5:11pm Mon 7 Jan 13

CLANSMAN says...

HAPPY RETIREMENT JOHN

I was your apprentice 22 years ago and I think I changed a few of those filters and litres of oil for you !!
It would have been a better photo if you had a coffee in your hand and a statistic of how many you have drank over thirty years
How I miss the commy shop
BIG PISTONS and Bedford trucks !
KNOCKTY KNOCKTY KNOCTY

Hope you enjoy yourself with Margaret and I hope Alistair gave you a good discount on a new car !!

No more stinky overalls !!

Best wishes RAY
HAPPY RETIREMENT JOHN I was your apprentice 22 years ago and I think I changed a few of those filters and litres of oil for you !! It would have been a better photo if you had a coffee in your hand and a statistic of how many you have drank over thirty years How I miss the commy shop BIG PISTONS and Bedford trucks ! KNOCKTY KNOCKTY KNOCTY Hope you enjoy yourself with Margaret and I hope Alistair gave you a good discount on a new car !! No more stinky overalls !! Best wishes RAY CLANSMAN

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