Kidderminster’s Brockway Carpets has held a special presentation to celebrate its first employee to achieve 50 years’ service.

The company, which has been creating quality carpets in the town since 1964, put Ray Mallard in the spotlight to recognise his 50 years’ service and dedication to the carpet industry.

Ray was presented with his long service award alongside his wife Mary Mallard by managing director Charles Annable at Brockway’s production site in Hoobrook.

The 65 year old, who has always lived in Kidderminster, joined Brockway in April 1963 when it was a small Axminster and Wilton carpet manufacturer.

He started life at Brockway on the production floor as a bobbin boy at 15 years old and then worked as a weaver within the Axminster department before its closure in 1996. Since then, Ray has worked as a tufting operative, creating the firm’s Bespoke, made to order carpets.

During his 50 years, Ray has seen the family run firm expand and maintain its position as a highly respected and trusted supplier of premium wool rich carpets.

As well as making life-long friends, Ray also met his wife at Brockway more than 37 years ago.

“I left school on the Friday and started my two week trial on the Monday morning and since then, I’ve never looked back,” said Ray.

He commented: “I’ve had many happy days working for Brockway and look forward to even more. It’s great to be a part of a family firm and really feel like you belong.

“My favourite role has to be on the tufting side. Working on your own with the tufting machine, you do feel like your own boss.”

Brockway’s managing director Charles Annable commented: “It is a tremendous pleasure to celebrate Ray’s remarkable achievement of 50 years’ service with Brockway Carpets.

“Ray was already at Brockway when my father and his co-owner Skene Walley acquired the company 49 years ago. He has seen Brockway Carpets grow and establish its position as a leading carpet manufacturer, not only within Kidderminster, but UK-wide.

“It’s thanks to craftsman like Ray and our other long serving employees, that Brockway has developed and maintained a reputation throughout the industry for its signature quality. For this, Ray should be extremely proud.

“Ray has always been dedicated to his role and more recently, he has shown great aptitude by working on our new bespoke carpet range.

Brockway also presented long service awards to employees celebrating 25 years’ service or more including Jeanie Garfield, Wayne Jones, Bob Bush, Fil Vaccaro, Darren Rollings, Mark Daniels, Jane Paczkowski and June Lane.

The company currently employs over 80 people and over 23 per cent of the staff have been with the firm for 25 years or more.

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