Derek Simmonds was one of DALROD’s most experienced and longest-serving employees but recently took the decision to end his long-standing affiliation with the company when he retired.

DALROD has always had a family ethos and Derek Simmonds became a big part of that family during his time with the company.

Derek has been a huge part of DALROD for many years and has done every job there is to do within the Peterborough service centre. But Derek recently took the decision to retire, after 13 years of service.

He celebrated his 65th birthday in October 2017, marking his semi-retirement after 11 years with DALROD. But he continued to work part-time until recently, when at the age of 67, Derek decided to fully retire and enjoy being a gentleman of leisure.

Pic; Derek celebrating with MD Dave Lane, on his 65th Birthday

DALROD Managing Director, Dave Lane, said: “I remember my late father employing Derek (Simmo) as a yardman. He was tasked with keeping the yard area and our vehicles clean and tidy. He worked just a few days a week in the beginning.”

“Simmo was such a good worker, he was adaptable and accommodating. So, after a while, we started to use him in different ways to aid the business. We invested in his training and assisted him through his HGV licence; Simmo was soon driving our tankers and became a key, full-time employee at DALROD.”

“His journey with us has been very varied and he has seen and done most aspects of being a drain technician.”

“Simmo retired back in 2017 but continued to work a few days a week. I’m really pleased that I’ve had the opportunity to work with Simmo over the past 13 years and he’s been an important member of the company: supporting us on our journey and assisting with the company’s growth.”

“He’s been an excellent dedicated and trustworthy employee who will be missed by his workmates and myself.”

“I would like to wish Simmo well and hope he enjoys his retirement to the full, I look forward to him calling in from time to time to catch-up for a cuppa” Dave concluded.

Everyone at DALROD would like to thank Derek for his years of service and wish him all the best for his retirement!

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