Fifty-year celebration for Shropshire pastry stalwart

A man who has given 50 years of service to a Shropshire pastry company was honoured at a socially distanced celebration.

Alan Burton celebrated 50 years
Alan Burton celebrated 50 years

Alan Burton is celebrating half a century at Palethorpes in Market Drayton, part of the Addo Food Group.

He joined the business straight after leaving school in 1971 as an operative in the business’s washroom. After a year working in the department, Alan moved to work on the product lines in the small goods department, where he stayed until it closed in 1980.

Following the closure, Alan then moved to the sausage room and subsequently onto the hygiene department in 1994, where he went on to secure the role of relief team leader in 2001.

During a small socially distanced gathering, within Covid-19 guidelines, the team celebrated Alan’s achievements by gathering messages of support from around the business and presenting him with his long service gift, flowers, champagne and cake. The event was also attended by Alan’s work colleagues, wife and members of the senior leadership team.

Alan said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Palethorpes bakery over the past 50 years. I’ve worked across many departments and have made some fantastic friends. I would like to thank the whole Addo Food Group team for helping me celebrate this anniversary in such a lovely way.”

CEO Deborah Bolton said: “We are delighted to be celebrating Alan’s 50th work anniversary. His commitment to our business is an outstanding achievement and we are so pleased to have a business full of dedicated, hard-working employees, such as Alan.

“During his time at Addo, Alan has witnessed many changes and worked across multiple departments. We would like to thank Alan for his loyalty and many years of service.”

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