A Tyne Valley woman has celebrated a milestone in her career after showing remarkable loyalty to her employers.

The Hexham Courant launched its bouquet of the week feature in April, with the aim of recognising the achievements of individuals in the area.

This week, the award goes to Alison Bird, who has worked at Hexham’s Egger factory for an unbelievable 45 years.

Alison, who lives in Corbridge, has worked at the wood-based materials manufacturer for so long, she’s actually been there longer than Egger itself, starting her career with its predecessor Weyroc in 1975.

She became an Egger employee nine years later in 1984, and has worked her way up to the role of accounts coordinator.

Alison, who is originally from Sandhoe, wanted to work locally and was delighted to find work at Weyroc. She has since undertaken a number of training opportunities with Egger, including a two-year Association of Accounting Technician qualification, which have led her to her current role in finance.

She is one of seven better health at work ambassadors who look after the wellbeing of the factory’s employees.

Over the years she has been a familiar face for countless employees.

Alison said: “I am delighted to have reached this milestone in my career at Egger. I am very grateful for the opportunities Egger has provided for me, and the many friendships I have made over the years.

“I have seen the business develop significantly over the last 45 years, but it has always kept the family touch.

“I would not hesitate to recommend Egger as a place to work.

“It is the largest manufacturing employer in Northumberland and has fantastic opportunities for employees to develop their skills further.”

As well as her successful career, Alison also met her husband, Derek, at the site, so she also has the company to thank for 19 years of marriage.

Jonathon Stephens, plant manager, finance and administration, added: “I would like to thank Alison for her hard work and commitment over the last 45 years.

“It is a fantastic achievement and we are proud to have her as part of our team at Egger Hexham.”

Alison is one of two employees to reach their 45-year career milestone at Egger Hexham in 2020.

Alan Barker reached his 45th anniversary in August, just before retiring from his role as process operator in October.

Egger is the largest employer in the Tyne Valley, with more than 600 employees.

It has an output of 630,000m3 of raw chipboard per annum.