A FORMER bus driver has waved his final farewell after a loyal 42 years with his company.
Alan Brown, 64, from Billingham, is retiring as a Stagecoach North East driver after an impressive 42 years with the firm.
He started out with Stagecoach in 1971 and was behind the wheel for 20 years.
He then became a handyman for Stagecoach until 2009 when he decided to slow down and opted to work as a part-time labourer for the firm, never losing his dedication to the job.
Alan, who is looking forward to lots of golf and holidaying with his wife during retirement, said: “I will miss the camaraderie of the staff the most. They are all a great bunch of people and have been a part of my life for a long time. I will definitely keep in touch with all of them.”
Prior to his 42 years at Stagecoach, Alan worked in the steel industry before being made redundant.
Shelly Usher, deputy operations manager at Stagecoach’s Stockton depot, where Alan was based, said: “Alan will be truly missed.”