Brian toasts 50 years at Chapel firm

Brian Wood, then and now, after completing 50 years of employment at Chapel firm Street Crane.
Brian Wood, then and now, after completing 50 years of employment at Chapel firm Street Crane.

An employee is celebrating after totting up half a century of service at a Chapel-en-le-Frith business.

Brian Wood joined crane manufacturers Street back in August 1965.

Starting out as an apprentice plate welder, Brian completed his apprenticeship in 1969. He began his move up the management ladder with a promotion to charge hand.

Progression followed over subsequent years to foreman, general foreman and works manager in the early 1990s, a role that he stayed in until 2008.

Following a brief illness, Brian returned to work as quality manager, a position he maintained until 2013, when he decided to return in a part-time role as inspector, three mornings per week.

“Things have changed over the years,” said Brian, who is a father of two and grandfather of four.

“There were fewer of us in those days.

“There was about 15 in the offices and 35 on the shop floor.

“The factory was very basic and the offices were in a temporary building on the side.

“Peter Street was the boss, but was very actively involved in every aspect of the business being instinctively a practical engineer.

“These times were the foundation for many friendships that remain to this day.

“Every job has its pressures, but my time at Street has been mostly a positive experience.

“Over the years my dad, my brother and my son have all worked at the company.

“My son followed my path with an apprenticeship.

“There are many other families in Chapel that have a similar experience.”

Brian’s celebration and reunion to mark his 50 years packed the Old Pack Horse in Chapel on August 7 to the rafters with friends and well-wishers.

Chairman Martin Street said: “It has been a great pleasure to have worked with Brian and his father Les and brother Tony my entire career.

“Many has been the time that Brian’s knowledge, determination and wise words have achieved outstanding results.”

Managing Director Andrew Pimblett is another long-serving member of the Street team. He said: “It is astonishing to think that Brian and I now have over 95 years of crane building experience between us.

“Especially as we have another 33 people with over 25 years’ service.

“Brian is a lovely guy and it has been a real pleasure to work with him.”