The longest-serving member of staff at West Yorkshire textiles mill Hainsworth has retired after 63 years.
Dennis Allman, whose family had worked at the mill before him, started in 1950 as an apprentice warp twister. He was drafted into the army three years later, but returned after his National Service came to an end.
“This was my first job and I didn’t want to go anywhere else – I’ve been happy here,” he said.
Hainsworth’s managing director Tom Hainsworth presented Allman with a card and a power drill on the weaving floor of the mill where he has spent his working life.
“I’ve loved working in the textile industry and I’m so proud that the fabrics I’ve helped to make have been sold all over the world. It’s quite humbling to know that something you’ve been involved in manufacturing has been worn by everyone from fire-fighters in Australia to the Queen’s Guards outside Buckingham Palace.”
Hainsworth, which has a Royal Warrant, supplies fabric to Princes WIlliam and Harry, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II, and last year launched its first consumer brand Scarlet & Argent, producing luxury woollen blankets, throws and accessories.