An award and many re­wards af­ter 25 years of ser­vice at Fletcher’s

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN

A YEAR be­fore Beatle­ma­nia over­took the United States in 1964, The Bea­tles in­vited Roy Or­bi­son to open the shows for them on their English tour. He per­formed 14 encore songs on his first night – be­fore the Bea­tles got on stage!

Gene Pit­ney had sim­i­lar suc­cess, record­ing 16 Top 40 hits in the USA and 22 in the UK. Both ‘60s megas­tars will be brought to life by cel­e­brated tribute artist, Ed­die Daniels (pic­tured above), at at the Dubbo RSL on Sun­day, June 3, 2pm. Tick­ets prices are: non-mem­bers $30, mem­bers $25. STEVEN HOWARTH was panel beat­ing and didn’t know that the end of that job in 1993 would sig­nal an en­tirely new ca­reer.

“I was panel beat­ing and spray paint­ing, we got put off and I got a job out here at Fletcher’s and have been here ever since,” Mr Howarth said of his job at Fletcher In­ter­na­tional.

He’s just re­ceived his cer­tifi­cate recog­nis­ing 25 years of ded­i­cated ser­vice.

“I started in the fell­mon­gery, through a few other de­part­ments, then went to by-prod­ucts

Steven Howarth re­cently notched up 25 years work­ing with Fletcher In­ter­na­tional. He says one of the un­sung ben­e­fits of work­ing with Dubbo’s largest pri­vate em­ployer is the chance to make good friends. and have been there ever since, that’s about 20 years.

“What I en­joy most about work­ing at Fletch­ers is the peo­ple and the at­mos­phere. Panel beat­ing was iso­lat­ing be­cause you mostly worked alone; here it’s a so­cial work­place,” Mr Howarth told Dubbo

“We haven’t got enough time for me to tell you about all the mates I’ve made out here over the years! A lot of friends I’ve got now have been through work, there’s so many I couldn’t tell you.

“I had no idea Fletch­ers was go­ing to be­come such a big part of my life when I first came out here.”

Af­ter get­ting laid off panel beat­ing Stephen made the trip to the north of town to knock on the door, had an in­ter­view and two days later they rang him to say he’d got the job.

“I was happy and the stress was gone. It’s so good to have such a big em­ployer in the town which is al­ways hir­ing lo­cal peo­ple,” Stephen said.

“So many peo­ple have come out here and ap­plied for jobs, they’re all stressed out and then they get jobs here and stay here. I like hav­ing less stress here, the stress of panel beat­ing was a lot, you couldn’t af­ford to make a sin­gle mis­take.

“It’s very im­por­tant for the city that Fletch­ers is here, oth­er­wise there’d be hardly any work for so many peo­ple,” he said.

He says so­cial­is­ing with peo­ple from all over the world is one of the great­est strengths of the work­place. Mr Howarth has made mates with co-work­ers from as far away as China and In­dia.

“One of the things here, you work hard and they’ll look af­ter you. I’m very happy to stay,” he said.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.

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