Tony Burch has just reached his 40th year of continuous service at Muntons, the maltster and malted ingredient manufacturer based in Stowmarket.
At his presentation ceremony, Tony, who is a logistics team leader at the company, was presented with a gift from the company and a framed certificate to commemorate the occasion of his long service. Muntons Managing Director, Alan Ridealgh made the presentation amongst a large group of Tony’s friends and colleagues and reflected on the changes that had occurred since Tony joined the company in 1976.
Alan indulged in a little nostalgia as he outlined some of the headlines of that year: “1976, it has been reported, was Britain’s best year. The Brotherhood of Man were at number one with ‘save your kisses for me’ and we bathed in glorious sunshine with temperatures topping 28° for 22 days. Not a raincloud in sight. Petrol was 77p a gallon, a pint cost 32p and a loaf of bread was just 19p. Home computers were not yet available and Apple just started in business. The Wurzels’ were singing about their Combined Harvester but Hotel California by the Eagles and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the key of life’ showed that perhaps there was a shift in musical direction taking place.”
A detailed aerial photograph taken that year of the Muntons Stowmarket site was shown to Tony and the assembled staff, which showed a much simpler company than the Internationally renowned business that is Muntons today.
Tony was magnanimous in receiving the long service award. He commented: “I have really enjoyed working here these past forty years and I look forward to the next ten.”
Muntons enjoy a good record of long service staff with the average length of employment currently running at just over eleven years.