EXAMINER field sales manager Stuart Long has retired after more than 33 years with the newspaper.

Stuart joined the Examiner's advertising department in 1970 as a display representative when the company was based at Ramsden Street.

Over the years, he became a familiar face for hundreds of Examiner advertisers in his "patch" covering Huddersfield town centre and the Holme Valley.

About seven years ago, he was appointed field sales supervisor and 18 months ago became field sales manager.

Stuart lived in the Holme Valley until moving to Pudsey six years ago.

He attended Holmfirth Secondary Modern School and studied at Halifax Technical College.

His first job was as a window dresser at Kaye's drapery store in King Street.

Later, he worked with his brother-in-law, Martin Kenworthy, running a general store in Almondbury, before joining the Examiner.

Stuart's retirement gifts included a set of crystal glasses and theatre tokens, from colleagues.

A farewell party was held at the Rock Inn, Brockholes. In retirement, Stuart plans to spend more time on his interests including art, theatre and travel.