STAFF are celebrating decades of service on the buses.
Twelve workers at Stagecoach North East’s Sunderland depot have been recognised for their hard-work and devotion to their jobs.
The honour came as it was announced that 97 members of staff from across the North East have worked for a collective 2,685 years.
Engineer Clive Fallon has clocked up 40 years with the company after beginning as an apprentice.
The 56-year-old, said: “I really enjoy my job and it’s a great team I work with.
“The time has flown over. It has certainly been a good 40 years.
“When I first applied for an apprenticeship four decades ago over 400 applicants were competing for just three places. Who would have thought then that I would spend the rest of my career here?
“Things have changed tremendously since I started, with new technologies completely transforming my role.”
The members of staff from the Sunderland depot were honoured at the awards ceremony and boasted a total of 370 years between them.
Each employee who received an award attended a Long Service Award presentation ceremony at The Hilton, in Gateshead.
Mike Watson, operations director of the company, said: “Every year the Long Service Awards enable us to recognise and celebrate those members of staff who have shown significant loyalty to the company.
“All staff play a pivotal role in ensuring Stagecoach North East delivers the best possible standards of service and to acknowledge them for their dedication and commitment is important.
“Stagecoach strives to ensure employees are happy and supported in all aspects of their work, and this in turn leads to job satisfaction and longevity of service, which is evident from the 40 employees celebrating landmark years of long service in our Sunderland depots alone.
“I am proud of all members of staff for this reason, and in particular those loyal members of staff whose tenure has in some notable cases reached an astonishing 45 years.”