Fond farewell to Barnsley car manager

Andrew Sykes is retiring after 50 years in the motor trade.
Andrew Sykes is retiring after 50 years in the motor trade.
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A Barnsley man is starting his engines for retirement as he says goodbye to the motor trade after 50 years.

Andrew Sykes, aged 65, from Barnsley, is retiring from his job at Bristol Street Motors Seat, Barnsley, where he has spent the last 30 years of his career.

Andrew has 50 years’ experience working in the parts department, after joining the motor trade immediately after leaving school.

Staff said parts manager Andrew will be missed by both colleagues and customers, who recently held a party to celebrate his service to the motor industry.

Andrew said he is now looking forward to spending time with his family gardening and following his beloved Manchester United as they prepare for the new Premier League season.

He said: “I am sad to be saying goodbye to all of my colleagues and customers at Bristol Street Motors in Barnsley.

“Although I am looking forward to spending time with my granddaughters, throughout my 30 years at this site I have made so many good friends and will miss working alongside them.

“Bristol Street Motors has a wonderful team and I am going to miss it.”

Mark Currie, general manager at the dealership, said: “Everybody here is very sad to say goodbye to Andrew.

“He is a popular member of the team and his knowledge and experience will be sorely missed.

“We wish him a long and happy retirement.”