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Stagecoach employee retires after 57 years

The storeroom at a Stagecoach bus company depot where Phil Toumine spent much of his 57-year working life is being named after him to mark his retirement.

Phil, of Cheltenham, began working for Stagecoach's previous incarnation, Bristol Omnibus Company, at its depot in the Spa town as an apprentice mechanic in 1965.

A Stagecoach spokesperson said: "Whilst at Cheltenham, Phil completed parts one and two of a City & Guilds qualification as well as earning a conductor's licence, working evenings and weekends to help out with staff shortages; demonstrating a strong work ethic early on in his career.

"In 1970 Phil became a storeperson, moving over from his job as a fitter to a role that provided greater responsibility and input into the workings of the garage.

"Phil spent 19 years at the Cheltenham depot, switching to Gloucester when it closed its doors, then returning to Cheltenham a year later when Western Travel took over Black and White Motorways. The final takeover was by Stagecoach.

"In 2002 Phil was promoted to supervisor, a position he has happily held ever since."

Rachel Geliamassi, managing director of Stagecoach West, said: "Congratulations to Phil on his amazing long service with us. He has been an invaluable member of the Stagecoach family and his hard work and dedication have been much appreciated.

"We will miss Phil but wish him all the very best for his retirement and thank him sincerely for everything."

To mark his retirement, the stores at Cheltenham depot have been renamed 'The Phil Toumine Stores' marked permanently with a specially commissioned wall plaque.

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