Pride on menu as firm cel­e­brates golden years


AS T RA ZENEC A has cel­e­brated the 50th an­niver­sary of its Hurs­d­field plant.

The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant marked the oc­ca­sion with a spe­cial lunch for staff past and present, as well as lo­cal dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing Coun­cil­lor Rachel Bai­ley, leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor Bai­ley called the an­niver­sary ‘a mag­nif­i­cent mile­stone’.

She said: “To have this com­pany’s se­cond largest site in Europe, si­t­u­ated here in Cheshire East and em­ploy­ing 2,500 peo­ple, fills us with a great sense of pride and I wish the com­pany many more suc­cess­ful years here in Mac­cles­field.”

For­mer staff who at­tended the event in­cluded: Frank Fildes, head of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal de­part­ment from 1985-1994; John Earthy, works man­ager from 1972 to 1980; Chris Pot­ter, di­rec­tor of project man­age­ment, 19902007; David Gart­side, head of UK man­u­fac­tur­ing, 1995 to 2004; Paul Reynolds, vice pres­i­dent ( VP) of pro­jects man­age­ment, 1999-2009; Bar­rie Thorpe, ex­ec­u­tive VP for op­er­a­tions 1999-2006; Arthur Dicken, site man­ager dur­ing the 1980s; and Julian Amey, project man­ager 1990-1992.

The lunch was at­tended by ap­pren­tices work­ing at the site in­clud­ing El­liott Kir­ton, Is­abel Bowyer, Char­lotte Lo­rains, Ben Ce­spon, Ed­ward Baines and Ryan Co­ram.

Other spe­cial guests in­cluded Mark Payne from Fal­li­b­roome Academy, Si­mon Hyde from Kings School, Manny Otwe from Tyther­ing­ton School, Tracy Cos­grave from Mac­cles­field Col­lege and Tony Billings from All Hal­lows.

Andy Evans, cur­rent head of the Hurds­field site, said: “If you looked at the site by time-lapse pho­tog­ra­phy over these 50 years it would have ap­peared al­most or­ganic.

“Build­ings come, serve their use­ful life and then go. Signs change, peo­ple join as ap­pren­tices and re­tire - some with as much as 40 years ser­vice.

“For the com­pany the fo­cus is firmly on the fu­ture and con­tin­ued in­volve­ment in Mac­cles­field.”

●● Guests gather at As­traZeneca for the lunch to cel­e­brate 50 years in Cheshire East

●● The site from the air in 1998 and (inset) the 1980s tablet pack­ing line

●● Lunch guests look through mem­o­ra­bilia on dis­play

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