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