‘Whitby Pete’ toasts 40 years in job

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A Whitby man has received an award after clocking up 40 years working for Jewson builders’ merchant.

Pete Graham (56) from Helredale Road has worked his way up from counter assistant to branch manager since he started at the company, now based in Fairfield Way, on July 9 1973.

After four years as branch manager before returning to Whitby, Pete moved to a branch in Scarborough in 1977 to take the role as area branch manager.

He came back to his branch manager role in Whitby in 1982.

In the past 40 years the company has undergone a number of acquisitions - with Jewson buying out the last company Harcos in Whitby 15 years ago.

Pete said: “It’s a job I enjoy and love doing. Working in my hometown means a lot to me and I am very proud of being a manager working in Whitby amongst friends and colleagues.”

The dad of three said he has had many happy memories at work over the years but his most memorable was winning an award - one he is still unsure exactly what for.

Pete explained: “I once got an award when the company was called Crossley with the title ‘Mr Consistently’.

“Most people at the time said consistently, at what? They never actually told me.”

Things have certainly changed over the years - everything was handwritten and there were no forklifts whereas now everything is done at the click of a mouse button on their computers.

Over the years, driven by Pete, Jewson has raised around £26,000 for charity as well as by donating prizes for raffles and auctions.

Pete is helped in his role as manager by 10 staff, many of whom too are long serving.with 160 years experience between them.

He was rewarded for his long service with a certificate, a Sheaffer pen, a Whitby Gazette so he can sit down and enjoy a read and a £500 shopping voucher.