COLLEAGUES said a fond farewell to motoring marvel Harry Moir who devoted his working days to helping keep the city’s streets safe.
Harry, 65, has retired from his job as Sunderland City Council’s driving assessor, making sure everyone behind the wheel, from the mayor’s chauffeurs to bin wagon drivers, were up to standard.
Harry carried out nearly 4,000 assessments of motorists’ driving skills, including those charged to drive school minibuses, and was able to spend time giving instructions on how they could improve.
He said: “I worked on a traffic light system. Green, they were fine to drive, amber, they could drive but needed reassessing and red, they weren’t allowed to drive council vehicles and had to have extra training.”
Harry, of Grindon, is married to Sandra and has two sons, Andrew, 38, and 35-year-old, Neil, as well as three grandsons and a granddaughter.
He said: “I loved the job and all the people I have worked with. I am really going to miss it.”
Friends in departments throughout Sunderland City Council chipped in to make sure Harry’s retirement was one to remember.
He said: “I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone. I got some fantastic gifts and messages of congratulations and good luck from all over the city.”
Even though he’s retired, Harry will still be helping motorists improve their skills by continuing with voluntary driving instruction with the charity RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents).
It was through his interest with the charity that Harry, who was originally employed as a joiner at Sunderland City Council, turned his hobby into a driving career.
He said: “I took up advanced driving as a hobby and passed my test with RoSPA’s gold standard, so I continued on to an assessors course.”
When the job of driving assessor came up at the council, Harry applied and held the post for the past 15 years.