Saturday, 13 August 2022

Maintenance man clocks up 55 years

A MAN has celebrated 55 years working at the same hotel.

A MAN has celebrated 55 years working at the same hotel.

Ronnie Allen began work as a gardener at the Olde Bell in Hurley on November 11, 1960 when he was 17, having already spent two years working at a tyre factory in Maidenhead.

In 1990 he was asked to move into the maintenance department and help out around the property.

He brought up his two sons in the village and used to live in the Gardener?s Cottage for more than 20 years when the boys were growing up in the Seventies and Eighties.

Mr Allen has seen the hotel go through many changes, from the Brick Barn being used to make brass bullets during the Second World War to the Tithe Barn being transformed from a working stables to a wedding venue with bedrooms and conference and banqueting meeting spaces.

Michael McDonagh, maintenance manager, said: ?During his time at the hotel, Ronnie has seen eight different owners of the business and, to his credit, has been warmly regarded by all of them.

?One previous owner, Julio Trapani, became godfather to both Ronnie?s children, a statement in itself.

?It is truly a unique set of circumstances that in this day and age Ronnie has clocked up such an admirable period of service to the same place and for a set of completely different owners.

?His family must be very proud of him ? we at the Olde Bell certainly are and have to say that the place would not be the same without him. He is a real diamond. We wish him continued success and happiness.?

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