Graham Burrows, 65, from Redcar was given a special surprise from colleagues at the Middlesbrough depot of Mobile Mini last Friday,as he celebrated his 30th anniversary with the company.
Colleagues at the depot on Dockside Road threw an impromptu party for Graham and presented him with a watch, to mark his Pearl anniversary as a yard operative.
It was back in April 1985, when Graham first agreed to help a friend at the then named Ravenstock Tam yard. After six to eight weeks doing odd jobs such as joinery, plumbing and driving, he’d impressed his employer so much that he was offered a permanent position and stayed for another 3 decades!
Graham has seen some big changes in the company including mergers and acquisitions, to become Mobile Mini UK as it’s known today. When he started in the 80’s it was all about ‘Cab Vans’ whereas it’s now portable storage containers. He’s seen the storage units grow and evolve to be used by not only construction companies and builders, but also schools and even retail outlets.
Graham commented: “Working for the Middlesbrough depot has become a way of life and I know the job like the back of my hand. No day is ever the same and you never know what kind of orders will come in from one day to the next. It’s definitely one of the reasons I’m still here after 30 years. The team camaraderie is fantastic too and we always work closely together to ensure each job is completed safely and on time”.
John Eaton, Regional Director at Mobile Mini, also commented: “We wanted to give Graham a special day to mark his 30th birthday at the depot. He had no idea and we surprised him with lunch and cakes, plus a watch to always remember his anniversary and colleagues. He’s made such a significant contribution to the success of our depot and this is very much appreciated.”
Graham finally intends to retire from Mobile Mini in about a year’s time and has plans to travel around the UK with his wife in a campervan. He also has two allotments and a fishing boat off the Redcar coast, so he’s definitely going to be enjoying his twilight years.
Photo: John Eaton (left) presents Graham with his watch.