Craftsman Gordon Creese has finally decided to call it a day – after working for the same Gloucester firm for an incredible 52 years.
Gordon started as a trainee carpenter with Carter Construction in 1961 aged 15 – the year the Beatles first performed at the Cavern Club, betting shops were legalised and members of the Soviet spy ring in Portland went on trial.
He went on to manage the firm's in-house workshop for more than 40 years and soon earned respect for his attention to detail and craftsmanship of bespoke joinery.
Gordon started his employment with the construction company's founder Edward George Carter, and three generations on the firm's turnover has increased from a few thousand pounds to £55 million and from a handful of employees to 250.
To celebrate Gordon's loyal service, Carter Construction held a special retirement reception in his honour at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester attended by colleagues and friends.
Michael Carter, managing director of Carter Construction, said: "The loyalty and commitment by Gordon is an inspiration, showing a true reflection of the culture and ethos embedded within Carter Construction.
"We wish a hearty farewell to Gordon and hope he has a truly relaxing and healthy retirement."