Golden anniversary plaudits for Royal Mail veteran

Postal, Royal Mail Group (EMP)

Colleagues and friends have congratulated distribution driver Pete Millard, who has reached the milestone of 50 years’ service with the company…

Pete, who works at Home Counties North Mail Centre in Hemel Hempstead, started work as a Post Office telegram boy way back in 1971.

“I came into the job straight after I finished school,” he tells CWU News, adding: “There were about eight of us who all started at the same time and we worked out of St Albans where I lived.”

Pete later transferred to postal deliveries and continued at St Albans until the unit was merged into the HCN site in 2011.

“I’ve worked on the small van fleet, worked early shifts, lates and nights and I currently drive a 7.5 tonner,” he continues.

“I’ve always enjoyed the job, especially the people I’ve worked with – and in my opinion, I think it’s better now than it was back then and our union’s as strong as ever.”

CWU area distribution rep Kelli Joyce says: “I’ve had the privilege to know and work with Pete for the last 10 years at HCN. He’s an all-round good lad. Always on hand to help new recruits – to show them the way.

“And he’s solid CWU union man, always very supportive of every dispute we’ve had and a loyal, valued member.”

And HCN late shift distribution rep Waleed Butt echoed Kelli’s comments, adding: “Congratulations to Pete. He’s a great guy and we all hope he carries on for a lot longer.”

Pete says that he has no plans to retire yet, insisting: “I still enjoy the job and the people I work with – and I’m carrying on.”

Congratulations to Pete from CWU News too – and best of luck for the future!