VETERAN salesman Maurice Chester is still at the top of the best-seller list for Robinson Agriculture – at the grand old age of 86!
The great-grandfather, who lives in Fishtoft, continues to work as a freelance salesman for the steel work company, which specialises in manufacturing farm buildings, despite being long past retirement age.
He still works at least two days a week, spending Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the livestock markets at Melton Mowbray and Newark dealing with building projects for the company’s many farm clients.
And to mark his 86th birthday, Robinson project development manager Edward Gregory presented Maurice with a special birthday cake.
Mr Gregory commented: “Maurice’s expertise is second to none and he is regarded with immense respect by the farming community. We’re absolutely delighted that he’s still working with us.”
Maurice, who has worked for Robinsons since 1984, said: “The best thing about the job is going out and meeting people. You talk to them, and over time, I’ve made a lot of friends.
“When I was 70, I told the company that I’d like to carry on working and we agreed instead of retiring I’d carry on working on a self-employed basis. I still enjoy the job and in my view, older workers have a lot to offer businesses. You gain a lot of experience and knowledge over the years and it’s a pity if that is lost.”
Maurice and his wife June have eight children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.