Longest serving member of staff retires after 48 years

Tuesday, 26 November, 2019

Havant Borough Council’s longest serving member of staff, John Thompson retires after clocking up an astonishing 48 years’ service.

John started work aged just 16 for Havant and Waterloo Urban District Council in 1971.  In 1974, under the Local Government Act, 1972, the urban district was replaced by the Borough of Havant – and was renamed to Havant Borough Council. 

John’s role continued during this time as a Technical Services assistant, when the offices, now known as The Plaza, were still being built.  

By way of a thank you for John’s continued service to the council, for 48 years, he was presented with a long service certificate and crystal cut glasses during a recent Full Council meeting. 

John was welcomed by a standing ovation from officers and councillors attending the meeting.   The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Diana Patrick spoke fondly of John, saying “We are delighted to honour your dedicated service and commitment to this organisation.   

"It is our employees who uphold our corporate principles to help deliver our services to residents.  Please accept this token of thanks for your loyalty and hard work over the years."

Retiring from his Service Support role, John reflected on his long service and said: “The council feels like one big family, even after 48 years. I am sad to leave; I have enjoyed every moment of my career at HBC."

John is looking forward to his retirement, he intends to spend as much time as possible visiting holiday destinations both in the UK and abroad.

ENDS