Champagne is on John as he marks 50 years

John Blizzard with Peter Gilder, chairman of Gilder Group
John Blizzard with Peter Gilder, chairman of Gilder Group
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MOST people nearing retirement look forward to a rest – but John Blizzard, pictured, reckons there is more mileage left in him after clocking up 50 years’ service with a Sheffield car dealership.

John, from Dore, started his career in 1962 as an apprentice technician aged 15.

Since then, he has worked in various roles, but has remained at Sheffield Volkswagen dealers the Gilder Group.

John now specialises as a service warranty adviser, a post he has held for 28 years.

“I am just not ready to leave,” said John. “I enjoy my job and feel no pressure to slow up yet.

“I’ve never felt the need to move on and feel lucky to have always worked with such a great team.

Colleagues at Sheffield Volkswagen presented John with a magnum of champagne and £1,000 of fishing vouchers to celebrate.

David Littlewood, Sheffield VW brand manager, said: “We feel honoured to have such an experienced and dedicated individual in our team.”