James Platt (Jimmy to his friends and colleagues), a joiner working within the Estates and Facilities Team at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, retired this week after almost 56 years working for the Trust.
Jimmy, who lives in Appley Bridge with his wife Carol, started as an apprentice at the Wrightington site in 1965 at the age of 15 and became a qualified joiner in 1970. His first weekly wage was £3.4.7d for a 40 hour week and by 1979 Jimmy had been appointed as the Chargehand Joiner at Wrightington Hospital, where he spent the rest of his career.
Jimmy, speaking at his retirement buffet, said: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Wrightington and loved working with the team and the comradery we have.
“But there comes a time when you have to hang up your tools and after 56 years of working, I’m now going to enjoy being able to take the time to read and go on more holidays with my wife who is also retiring this month”.
David Evans, Director of Estates and Facilities who presented Jimmy with his retirement gift said: “Jimmy has been with WWL for almost 56 years, which is an immense achievement.
“On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank Jimmy for his dedication, hard work and years of service and I wish him all the very best for the future”.