Loyal Robert says farewell after almost 50 years

Robert Fox retires from Sheffield based Birley Manufacturing  Ltd after 48 years and 6 months of service. Michael Barlow, right, owner of the company and Managing Director Steve English pictured with work mates.
Robert Fox retires from Sheffield based Birley Manufacturing Ltd after 48 years and 6 months of service. Michael Barlow, right, owner of the company and Managing Director Steve English pictured with work mates.
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IT’S not often in these modern times that someone can say they had the same job for life... but Robert Fox can.

Robert, aged 65, has retired from Birley Manufacturing, the company he joined in 1962, aged 16 when it was known as George Barlow and Sons.

Robert recalls a young apprentice by the name of Michael Barlow starting his career at the company.

And Michael is now the fourth generation owner of Birley Manufacturing.

Michael joined managing director Steve English to present Robert with a retirement gift to mark his 48 and a half years with the company, based in Intake.

Steve praised Robert’s contribution to the firm.

He said: “Robert has been one of our greatest assets here at Birley.

“He rose to every challenge with a positive attitude and it has been a pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic and reliable person.”

In retirement Robert told colleagues that he plans to spend more time with his family.