Mechanic, 90, retires after 75 years and gets SPANNER as a gift

Mechanic, 90, finally retires after 75 years working for the same firm – and gets a SPANNER as a leaving gift

  • Bryan Webb, 90, from Gloucester began working for Vauxhall back in 1946 
  • Mr Webb began work at Hough & Whitmore by walking in and asking about jobs
  • He was given a ceremonial spanner as a retirement gift by the company
  • A plaque in Bryan’s honour was unveilled at the garage to thank him 

Britain’s oldest working engineer has finally retired after 75 years with the same firm – and was given a SPANNER as a leaving present. 

Bryan Webb, 90, began working for Vauxhall in 1946 after walking into his local garage Hough & Whitmore in Gloucester.

He asked if they had any jobs and four years later he completed his mechanical apprenticeship and by 26 was a workshop foreman.

Bryan has now finally set down his tools – but was presented a ceremonial spanner by colleagues on his last day.

Bryan was presented with a ceremonial spanner on his last day after 75 years of service

A plaque was also unveiled in his honour.

For the last 34 years Bryan has worked as a warranty administrator at Baylis Gloucester.

His career has seen him own a succession of Vauxhall cars stretching across seven decades, beginning with a Vauxhall Velox in 1956.

Bryan still wears the watch that was handed to him in 1970 in recognition of 25 years of service.

Julian Bawdon, director of Baylis, said: ‘I have only known Bryan for 14 years of his long career with the company and he is a credit to both Baylis and Vauxhall.

Bryan has owned several Vauxhall cars during the last 75 years – starting with a Vauxhall Velox all the way back in 1956

‘I would like to thank him for his incredible loyalty and hard work, as well as wish him a long and happy retirement.’

Paul Willcox, managing director of Vauxhall, said: ‘For anyone to enjoy a 75-year career is an impressive feat but to be involved with the same company for this length of time is remarkable.

‘On behalf of all of us at Vauxhall Motors, we thank Bryan warmly for his dedication, hard work and long service and we wish him a very happy and healthy retirement – it’s no less than he deserves.’

Bryan Webb said: ‘I love to keep busy and have thoroughly enjoyed my 75 years with Baylis and Vauxhall. I will miss my colleagues and wish them every success in the future.

‘The biggest change I’ve seen in my career is new technology coming in and I hope Vauxhall continues this trend with its growing range of all-electric cars and vans.’

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