Farming stalwarts to be recognised at show ceremony

Mick Mulley, Terry Bryant and Chris Sewell marking their 25th work anniversary with Thurlow Nunn Sta

Mick Mulley, Terry Bryant and Chris Sewell marking their 25th work anniversary with Thurlow Nunn Standen Ltd in 1991 - Credit: Archant

Some of the stalwarts of Suffolk’s farming community are set to be recognised at this year’s Suffolk Show.

The recipients of the SAA Long Service Awards at the 2015 Suffolk Show with 2015 SAA president Terry

The recipients of the SAA Long Service Awards at the 2015 Suffolk Show with 2015 SAA president Terry Hunt and Show Director Bill Baker. - Credit: Archant

Twenty-nine people will receive a Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) Long Service Award, which recognises those who have worked on the same farm or with the same employer on their farm for at least 30 years and who have been at the heart of many farming businesses for decades.

Among those receiving the annual accolade, sponsored by Anglia Farmers Ltd, this year are four employees of farm machinery dealer Thurlow Nunn Standen Ltd, all of whom started work with the company in 1966. Mick Mulley, Terry Bryant, Chris Sewell and Colin Stannard will all achieve 50 years’ continuous service this year, coinciding with their retirements.

James Thurlow, managing director and fifth generation of the Thurlow family involved in the business, said: “As a company, and family, we are extremely proud of the loyalty and dedication shown by our staff and recognising long service is a key element of that.

“All four have been integral to our service department and are valued by our customers as well as by us.

“The experience, knowledge and commitment shown by all four to our customers is outstanding and they will be missed. The advancement in technology during their service is amazing and it is a credit to them that they not only kept pace with the technology but excelled in providing a first-class service to our customers.

“As a family-run business we strive to maintain the family feel and we recognise that our staff are key to the success of the company.

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“We wish all four a very long and happy retirement and thank them for their dedication and hard work for so many years.”

The awards are in four classes for those who have worked for a minimum of 30, 50 and 60 years as well as a Special Award for services to agriculture and will be presented by SAA president John Wall.

John said the awards were one of the highlights of the SAA’s annual programme.

“It is a good opportunity to personally thank those who have given so much to agriculture in Suffolk,” he explained.

“The economy of Suffolk is strongly linked with the farming industry and it is the people who work in a variety of roles that make such a huge contribution to its success.”

The awards will be presented on Thursday, June 2, the second day of the Suffolk Show.