Harold Hurst has clocked up Fifty years on the shop floor at Depot Engineering, in Ashton-under-Lyne, rising through the ranks to the managerial role he still holds today. The 72-year-old says retirement age ‘came and went’ but he never considered quitting the firm he describes as a family, his son Paul has also worked alongside him for the last 25 years.
Harold said “I came here 50 years ago from English Steel and there have been a lot of changes since then.
“We were one of the first firms in the area to have more modern, computerised machines and with them we can produce a lot more.
“I didn’t even think about retiring, I just love it.”
Harold, who has three children, six grandchildren and has been married to wife Anne for more than 50 years, far from putting his feet up, he also goes out on deliveries for three mornings each week.
The small workforce also includes long-serving colleagues Mike Donelon, who has worked there for even longer than Harold, and Leabert Simms who joined the team 47 years ago.