Charity of Year

Charity of Year
JEHU

Well-deserved retirement for Jehu’s longest serving member of staff

After five decades of service Paul Proudfoot retired this month on his 65th birthday. Instead of the standard gold watch the directors plotted with Paul’s wife Mary to get their hands on a Lambretta 1965 LA 150 Special scooter; a machine he had previously owned aged 17.

Paul followed in his father’s footsteps to join the company in 1964 as a 15-year-old apprentice carpenter. “Even aged 15, I could see how much my father enjoyed working for Jack Jehu, the company’s founder, and I have never regretted my decision to join the business.

“I now consider many of my colleagues to be friends and have even completed work on both Marc and Simon Jehu’s houses. My present is fantastic and shows how well the team know me. I sold my scooter when I got married and it’s always been a dream of mine to own one again.

I have had a fantastic career at Jehu Group and am honoured to have worked for such a great family company.”

Now retired, he and Mary plan to travel to the Caribbean to visit their daughter Anna who is a master scuba diver trainer, and have also booked a family holiday to Egypt.

They also plan on attending music concerts throughout the summer - and hitting the open road once all his chores at his home in Fulmar Road, Nottage, are complete.

“I wasn’t involved in all the mods and rockers trouble when I had the scooter the first time round,” added Paul. “But there was a group of about 30 of us who used to meet from Bridgend and Porthcawl and hang around the prom with our scooters.

I doubt many of them will have scooters these days - the one boy I am still in touch with moved on to fishing boats.

But with the summer coming, I’m looking forward to going out to Porthcawl and around Cornelly and Pyle, once I’ve got my orders from Mary out of the way of course.

I’ll really miss everybody at the company, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my wife and five grandchildren.”

Rene Jehu, Jehu Group chairman and director, said:

“I’ve known Paul since I was 15 and he is an absolute pleasure to work with. He’s always taken great pride in his work and is such a perfectionist. Paul is always able to see the bigger picture and has always gone that one step further to ensure projects are a success.

When we were teenagers, Paul was a fan of rock band, The Who and liked to copy the band’s image. We thought a scooter would be a fitting present as it’s something we knew he wanted for a while.

He is a great guy who will be sorely missed by all at Jehu Group. We will especially miss his fantastic sense of humour.”

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