AFTER 46 years of service, Egger's account coordinator has announced her retirement from the wood-based materials manufacturer she joined in 1975.

Alison Bird, of Corbridge, started her career with Weyroc as an office junior, and became an Egger employee nine years later when the company took over the site in 1984. Her last day with the company is Friday, November 12 - over 16,000 days since she started.

Alison, formerly of Sandhoe, wanted to work locally and was delighted to accept the role at Weyroc in 1975. During her career, she has undertaken many different development and training opportunities with Egger, including a two-year Association of Accounting Technician qualification, which led to her current role in finance.

As well as a successful career, Alison also met her husband, Derek, at the site.

“The decision to retire was not an easy one to make", she said. "However the time is right. Egger has been a significant part of my life, it has provided me with many opportunities, of which myself and my family are very thankful for.

“I have made many friends both past and present, and have a lot of very fond memories to take with me. I would like to wish the company and its employees continued success.”

Jonathon Stephens, plant manager, finance and administration, added: “As one of the most well-known and longest serving employees for Egger in the UK, Alison will certainly be missed. Her hard work, dedication and commitment, over the last 46 years, is a fantastic achievement and we are very thankful for her contribution to the company.

"We wish Alison a very happy, and well deserved, retirement.”