Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Chamberlain Doors Driver Hangs Up The Keys After 27 Years

Ian Harkness with Roy Chamberlain in December
on Ian's actual retirement from the company

Ian Harkness, one of Chamberlain Doors longest serving members of staff has finally hung up his truck keys after 27 years delivering garage doors, electric operators and garage door spares to Chamberlain customers. 

Many customers who have been in the industry for many years could set their watch by Ian’s arrival, on time and as promised, week in week out.

Chamberlain Doors estimate that Ian has covered over two million miles in the last 27 years, mostly incident and accident free - an astonishing achievement on todays road network

Roy Chamberlain also estimates that Ian has delivered over 75000 garage doors,  10000 electric operators plus spares and accessories too numerous to count.

Ian Harkness alongside his "25 years on the Road Banner" in 2013
when he reached his 25 year service milestone.
 Ian “officially” retired at the age of 65 two years ago but would not let go of his keys and stayed two further years until he finally announced his intended retirement at the young age of 67.

The company thanked Ian for his loyalty, reliability, honesty and great contribution to the company's success over those 27 years. Ian became a great personal friend of everyone at the company, not least company Chairman Roy Chamberlain who would often meet Ian en route and enjoy an evening out and a good curry at whichever local Balti House was available.

Managing director Karen Diggle recalls Ian being so reliable whenever she met customers in the field their comment would again be “We can set our watches by Ian”.

Roy has fond memories of meeting up with Ian at the then Chamberlain depot in Weston Super Mare, always at dawn after early morning drives down the M5, the start of Ian’s journey onwards to Devon and Cornwall, where again, Ian forged some very strong and happy friendships. The West Country was Ian’s main delivery run for many years.

Ian will be enjoying his retirement send off with his wife Patricia when they take advantage of a well earned holiday gift from the company to mark Ian’s magnificent service.

We all wish Ian a very long and happy retirement.


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