A CLECKHEATON company celebrated the arrival of the Olympic torch in Batley by shutting up shop for the morning and letting its 80 employees watch the celebrations.
Afterwards, Ferno, which supplies emergency patient handling equipment for the health sector, marked the occasion with a barbecue cooked by the firm’s senior management team and attended by guest of honour Paralympian Paul Cartwright and Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood.
Ferno managing director Jon Ellis said: “It’s not every day the Olympic torch comes through West Yorkshire and we thought it would be a good idea to give colleagues the day off to watch the procession and show our support for Team GB.”
Paul is a former British champion in wheelchair racing at 100, 200 and 400 metres and competed for Great Britain at the Paralympic games in 1984. More recently, he swapped disciplines and has taken up power lifting.
Ferno formed 40 years ago, is a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of emergency patient-handling equipment and mortuary products.
It exports to more than 95 countries worldwide.