A special celebration of Remploy workers’ long service achievements at Norwich factory

Remploy workers(l to r) Rex Divey, Michael Crowe, Gordon Paton and Robert Bootyman who between them

Remploy workers(l to r) Rex Divey, Michael Crowe, Gordon Paton and Robert Bootyman who between them have worked for the company for 120 years. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Four Norwich workers have been honoured for their many years of hard work at the city's Remploy factory.

Between them they have spent 120 years working at the packaging factory in Raynham Street which provides employment for disabled people. To mark their milestones they have each been presented with special certificates.

Production operator Michael Crowe, 61, from the Drayton Road area, is celebrating 40 years of service.

'I joined Remploy in 1973 and have been here ever since. I really enjoy my work and all the friendship,' he said.

Production operator Robert Bootyman, 60, from Fiddlewood, is celebrating 30 years at Remploy along with pre-production administrator Rex Divey, 49, from the north of the city.

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Both said they get a lot of satisfaction from their jobs and enjoy the comradeship with their fellow workers.

Team leader Gordon Paton, 51, from Costessey and who has worked at Remploy for 20 years, said: 'I have really enjoyed working with the disabled for the past 20 years and being able to help people out with the difficulties they face in their daily life.'

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David Goodings, interim manager for the Norwich factory, described their long service as a fantastic achievement and he said they were a great example of the comradeship at the factory and all the hard work that goes on there.

As previously reported, the future of the Remploy factories across the country is currently uncertain. Remploy finished a three-month consultation period at the end of March and consideration is now being given to any expressions of interest from organisations who may be interested in taking ownership for any of the 18 sites that remain.

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