Mike Raddenbury, branch manager at Drakes Plumbing Supplies branch in Uckfield, retired today (March 29) after 25 years with the company.
Raddenbury, who joined Drakes when it merged with fellow plumbers merchants Modena, received gifts and a cake at a special retirement lunch held at Aqualisa’s training department in Westerham.
Drakes chairman, David Aisher told guests and colleagues that he had known Raddenbury for more than 35 years, when they both worked at Marley Building Materials along with Drakes’ managing director Steve Williams.
Aisher said: “Mike joined Modena and then, when that company merged with Drakes , he found himself reunited with Steve Williams and me.”
He praised Raddenbury’s commitment and dedication, especially during the floods of October 2000 which had a silver lining since they caused the branch to be completely rebuilt to a much better specification – “Mike got to do it his way”.
Raddenbury, in turn, praised his colleagues and customers saying that the best thing about the job over the years had been “the people I’ve met and the people I’ve worked with”.