Two Halstead factory workers with 90 years’ service are rewarded

Dennis Bryant with members of the Maycast-Nokes management team

Dennis Bryant with members of the Maycast-Nokes management team - Credit: Archant

Two Halstead factory workers are set to be rewarded after clocking up a combined 90 years of service.

Stephen Wolton at one of his workstations at Maycast-Nokes

Stephen Wolton at one of his workstations at Maycast-Nokes - Credit: Archant

When Dennis Bryant joined precision engineering firm Maycast-Nokes – then Evans Foundry – in 1965 Harold Wilson was prime minister, Armchair Theatre was a popular TV programme and England had never won the football world cup.

And when Stephen Wolton joined 10 years later Harold Wilson had been replaced by Edward Heath and Benny Hill was the UK’s favourite comedian.

Mr Bryant, who lives in Halstead, was just 15 when he joined the company.

He said: “I have worked here for 50 years and really enjoyed it. I started as a labourer, completed an apprenticeship and then worked in the foundry for the next 38 years, and for the past four years I have been working in the investment casting side of the business.

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“Some of the work is very hard and it has certainly kept me fit, which is a bonus.”

Maintenance fitter Mr Wolton, 67, joined the company at its Hitchin site before moving to Halstead in 1998.

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“I have just really enjoyed my job and my time here. There is something different to do every day.

“Over the years I have made many friends and met some lovely people, so I have never had any regrets.”

Mr Wolton is set to retire later this year, while Mr Bryant has decided to continue for a little while longer.

Both are soon to receive long service awards from the company.

Steve Wallings, managing director, said: “I would like to say both thank you and congratulations to Dennis and Stephen for remaining so loyal to the company – their dedication is very much appreciated.

“Both men show how we can offer life-long job opportunities and how we are such a good company to work for – 20% of our workforce has been here for more than 20 years.”

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