Re­tire­ment calls Merv

Isis Town and Country - - News -

HAD IT not been for a few years in the 1970s when he left the Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill for other em­ploy­ment there could have been two men re­tir­ing with almost ex­actly the same ser­vice.

Merv Long started on the same day as Ian Philpott in Fe­bru­ary 1966, and will re­tire just two weeks after Mr Philpott.

The only dif­fer­ence be­tween the two boil­er­mak­ers was Mr Long’s ten­dency to go “back and forth” be­tween jobs in the ‘70s.

“I left in 1970, came back in 1971 and left again after that, be­fore re­turn­ing in 1976,” Mr Long said.

“I did a bit of trav­el­ling and work­ing in dif­fer­ent places.”

Mr Long was one of the more en­thu­si­as­tic of the quar­tet for his up­com­ing break, which will start from De­cem­ber 12.

“Oh I’m very much look­ing for­ward to it,” Mr Long said.

“Once you’ve been work­ing for nearly 50 years in the same place ev­ery­one starts look­ing at you dif­fer­ently. It’s been a long time. I’ve done enough trav­el­ling. I’ll prob­a­bly spend most of my time at home work­ing on my bikes.”

Tech­no­log­i­cal change was not the only thing Mr Long noted as the big­gest dif­fer­ence over his time, with the in­tro­duc­tion of per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment and work­place health and safety some of the other big changes.

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