Mechanic retires after 75 years with dealer

Published:  29 October, 2021

A mechanic who started out as an apprentice at his local Vauxhall dealer in 1946 has finally retired from his job after 75 years, at the age of 90.

Bryan Webb started his career at Hough & Whitmore in Gloucester, where he stayed for 25 years. Thomas Ward acquired Hough & Whitmore 1970, when Bryan was presented with a Rotary watch in recognition of his long service. He still wears the watch today. The business was then taken over by Skipper in 1975, during which time it relocated to where it is today. Baylis Group, where Bryan worked as Warranty Administrator, was awarded the Vauxhall franchise in 1994, when owner Michael Baylis purchased Skipper. Bryan continued in his role until retiring this year.

Julian Bawdon, Director, Baylis, said: "I have only known Bryan for 14 years of his long career with the company and he is a credit to both Baylis and Vauxhall. I would like to thank him for his incredible loyalty and hard work, as well as wish him a long and happy retirement."

Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “For anyone to enjoy a 75-year career is an impressive feat but to be involved with the same company for this length of time is remarkable. On behalf of all of us at Vauxhall Motors, we thank Bryan warmly for his dedication, hard work and long service and we wish him a very happy and healthy retirement – it’s no less than he deserves.”

Bryan Webb concluded: "I love to keep busy and have thoroughly enjoyed my 75 years with Baylis and Vauxhall. I will miss my colleagues and wish them every success in the future. The biggest change I've seen in my career is new technology coming in and I hope Vauxhall continues this trend with its growing range of all-electric cars and vans."

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