A FIFTH of the workforce at Cleveland Potash have worked for the company for more than 25 years.

Cleveland Potash 25-year-club received 20 new members at a special ceremony at Rushpool Hall, Saltburn, bringing the total club membership to 170.

Keith Jackson, chairman of the company, based at Boulby Mine, presented the employees with gold watches and thanked them for their loyalty, hard work and dedication.

He said that spending 25 years with the same company was an important milestone in anyone's career - and for 170 employees to achieve this was nothing less than remarkable.