A POPULAR employee has bid goodbye to workmates after more than 40 years.
Saleem Afzal, known affectionately as Sammy, has retired from his job as a fitter at textile machinery manufacturer Sellers Engineers Ltd. Mr Afzal was presented with gifts from his workmates and a cheque from the company.
The presentations were made at the firm’s factory at Trident Business Park, Deighton, by director Charlie Armitage and colleague Canute Clarke.
Mr Afzal, a widower who lives at Newsome, joined the company at its Chapel Hill premises in 1969 as an engineering apprentice. After completing his apprenticeship at Sellers and Huddersfield Technical College, he became an in-house fitter – a post he held until retirement.
Sellers chairman David Armitage described Mr Afzal as one of the firm’s most skilled key men who build the machinery before it is dismantled, shipped to the customer and re-assembled on site.
He said: "Family is foremost in his world and having worked at Sellers all these years Sammy will be devoting additional time to his family."