Tuesday 12 April 2011


A Queensbury man is celebrating joining an exclusive club after being recognised for spending his entire working life in the automotive industry.

Richard Fairbrother was presented with a Volkswagen Gold Pin, for exceptional service to the brand, at a recent ceremony in London.

The 49-year-old has worked at Volkswagen Van Centre (West Yorkshire) in Cleckheaton for over 25 years, having started in the industry as an apprentice technician aged sixteen.

Richard, the van centre’s workshop controller, said: “I’m thrilled to have been awarded a Gold Pin, it’s a huge honour.

“The job brings its own rewards through working closely with all members of staff, and the commitment to family values ever since I joined in 1985.

“I’ve been amazed by the changes to the industry and delighted with the support from Volkswagen Van Centre (West Yorkshire) as my career has developed.

“The vehicles and technology have changed over the years, but the one constant is the company ethos of customer service and satisfaction, something everyone at Volkswagen Van Centre (West Yorkshire) strives to attain.”

Only about 20 people from Volkswagen are awarded the Gold Pin every year.

Andrew Caygill, head of business at Volkswagen Van Centre (West Yorkshire), said: “Richard thoroughly deserves this award after providing invaluable service to the Volkswagen commercial vehicle brand over many years.

“His positive attitude and support of Volkswagen standards is an inspiration to all staff at Volkswagen Van Centre (West Yorkshire), and is demonstrated with the award of the Gold Pin.”

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