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Driver Don clocks up 50 years behind the wheel

A GREAT-GRANDFATHER of six is putting the brakes on his lorry driving career after 50 years with the same logistics company.

Don Fisher, 79, joined Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd, in Witton, Birmingham, on February 17, 1964.

Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd was set up in 1925 and has grown to become a worldwide distribution service and member of Palletforce, the UK and European’s palletised distribution network.

Don, of Bordesley Green, is their oldest and longest-serving employee, but he will retire after he reaches his 50th anniversary.

"This is the best company I’ve ever worked for and I’ve been really happy here which is why I never moved on," said Don.

"It has grown a lot since I first started and the vehicles have got better and better as the fleet is updated regularly.

"I’ve got no plans for my retirement apart from to have a bit of a rest."

Don, whose two sons are Artic drivers at Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd, originally drove HGVs for the company but now works part-time mainly delivering around Leicestershire and Worcestershire in a three-tonne vehicle.

"We are very proud of Don’s remarkable achievement of 50 years’ service," said Chris Blackburn, Operations Director at Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd.

"As a family owned and run business Don feels like part of the family along with his two sons who also are long term employees. We wish Don a long and happy retirement."

Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd is holding a special celebratory evening in February for all staff to mark the milestone.

Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce, said: "Don’s long service demonstrates his commitment and loyalty to Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd and I’m sure he will be greatly missed by his colleagues and customers.

"After so many years at the wheel he deserves a well-earned rest and we wish him all the best for the future."

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