A former engineering apprentice has retired after 46 years with a Huddersfield firm – part of a varied working life that also saw him serve with the Merchant Navy and work in London and Canada.
Bob Jagger joined Thomas Broadbent & Son Ltd in 1965 as an apprentice in the production department at the company’s Queen Street South premises, where he helped to build industrial centrifuges for customers around the world.
After about six years, he went globe-trotting himself – serving 18 months in the Merchant Navy as an engineer aboard cargo ships taking goods to destinations including the Middle East and the USA.
He later worked for British Rail as a vehicle examiner based at King’s Cross, inspecting its famous Deltic locos – which at the time were the latest in diesel engines. After six months, he moved to Canada, where he worked for a company in Toronto making heavy-duty cables – but decided against emigrating and returned to Huddersfield.
Rejoining Thomas Broadbent in 1975, Mr Jagger became apprentice training officer, before moving to the drawing office where he rose to the post of costing office manager. For the past 20 years, he has worked as contracts engineer.
At a retirement presentation, Mr Jagger received a cheque on behalf of the company from financial director John Knapp and the proceeds of a collection from colleagues.
Mr Jagger, who lives at Honley, is married to Jill and the couple have a son, James.
Away from work, Mr Jagger was commodore of Huddersfield Sailing Club for 14 years – including millennium year in 2000 when the club staged a number of special events.
Later, he switched from dinghies to yachts and is now a member of yacht clubs at Whitby and the Humber estuary – from where he and his crew compete in sea races to Holland.