Gordon Mason, the Council’s Parks Multi Task Foreman, has just become the Council’s longest serving employee, clocking up a remarkable 45 years’ service recently.
Gordon began his career with Hyndburn straight from school on his 15th birthday, 14th August 1972, as an apprentice at Mercer Park and has spent his 45 years keeping the Borough looking blooming lovely ever since.
Gordon was presented with a tankard at Oak Hill Park by Chief Executive, Dave Welsby, with his Parks colleagues in attendance, in recognition of his long, distinguished career at Hyndburn.
Gordon said; “I was totally gobsmacked to receive the tankard, I had no idea at all and didn’t realise that anything was going to happen, so it was a big surprise. I’m really chuffed, it was a nice gesture and much appreciated.”
Gordon remembers his first day vividly, he said; “It was really daunting turning up at Mercer Park straight from school as a raw 15 year old lad. I was in awe of meeting the big boss of Parks, and later in the day I managed to cut through a geranium and my thumb at the same time, with blood spurting everywhere. It was all worth it for my first weekly wage though, a princely sum of £7, I thought I was rich!”
Gordon works in all the Borough’s parks these days, but Gatty Park has a special place in his heart as after his first year at Mercer Park he spent 20 happy years there.
Gordon said; “I love the job and working outdoors, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing as long as you’re wrapped up for the cold and waterproofed against the rain properly you’re fine with whatever it throws at you.”
Chief Executive, Dave Welsby, said; “It’s great to celebrate Gordon’s forty five years with us. As our longest serving employee, Gordon has a special place in the history of the Council and we are all very proud of the work that he’s done for the Borough. I felt very honoured to make the presentation – Gordon is a great employee and part of a brilliant team.”
Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, added; “Gordon is a well-known and highly respected member of our excellent Parks and Open Spaces team who has always done a fantastic job for the Borough. We’re all proud of the sterling work Gordon does, forty five years is a big milestone, huge congratulations to him.
Gordon’s not hanging up his spade any time soon and has every intention of making it to 50 years’ service. He said; “I’d like to make it to 50 years’, health and everything else permitting, so we’ll see what the future brings.”