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Bricklayer retires after 50 years with contractor

A bricklayer is to hang up his trowel tomorrow after 50 years of service with the same construction firm.

Stuart Bromby, who started work for Wakefield-based Harlow & Milner on 3 August 1959, will lay his final brick on Friday.

Mr Bromby was 15 years old when he joined the firm and, due to holiday entitlement, will officially retire on Monday – exactly 50 years later.

Current managing director Richard Milner served part of his apprenticeship under the veteran, and saluted his achievement:

He said: “Stuart is a remarkable man, a highly skilled tradesman with a work ethic to match.

“Over the last 50 years he has been a tremendous credit to Harlow & Milner and to the building industry in general. His legacy will be the hundreds of premium quality projects completed by Harlow & Milner, and the many tradesmen and women who have learned their profession under his skilled and watchful eye. He will be sorely missed.”

As an apprentice bricklayer in 1965, Mr Bromby was awarded a silver trowel.

In 1984, he collected a gold watch from the company after 25 years of unbroken service. Several of the apprentices who have served under him have gone on to reach their own 25-year milestones.

Harlow & Milner was founded in Wakefield in 1937 by Raymond Milner and Bernard Harlow, and has passed through the control of three generations of the Milner family.