Brewery engineer calls time after half a century at John Smith's

John Smith's Tadcaster Brewery general Manager Martin Kochl (right) presents Mick and his wife Ann with gifts and flowers to mark his retirement

John Smith's Tadcaster Brewery general Manager Martin Kochl (right) presents Mick and his wife Ann with gifts and flowers to mark his retirement

Updated in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A BREWERY engineer has called time on a 50-year career at John Smith’s in Tadcaster.

Mick Hallaways, who joined the brewery at the age of 15 in April 1964, on a starting wage of £6 per week, reported to 15 managers and saw six changes of ownership over the half century.

He told how working conditions had changed during his time at John Smith’s, recalling: “If you were employed in the brewhouse, the foreman would give you a cold beer to offset the heat you had to work in.

“He would issue each employee with two bottles of Courage Light Ale per day – and if you didn’t return the empties, you didn’t get your allowance.”

Mr Hallaways, who lives in Leeds Road, Tadcaster, told how, on his 16th birthday, he became an apprentice engineer, completing his apprenticeship in 1971, the same year he married his wife Ann.

The changes in ownership of the brewery culminated in 2009 when it was bought from Scottish & Newcastle by Heineken.

Mick’s milestone achievement was honoured at a special presentation where he received tickets for a VIP trip for two aboard the Belmond Northern Belle luxury train to Mount Snowdon and a framed print of the brewery.

Brewery manager Martin Kochl paid tribute to his service saying: “Celebrating 50 years’ service with one company and on one site is a milestone that very few workers can hope to achieve.”

Heineken UK managing director David Forde added his thanks to Mick for his commitment and wished him a long and happy retirement.

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8:58am Mon 14 Apr 14

smudge2 says...

Does he get free beer for life ?. You would think the brewery manager would have worn a tie for the presentation like his employee did for the photo shoot.
Does he get free beer for life ?. You would think the brewery manager would have worn a tie for the presentation like his employee did for the photo shoot. smudge2
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5:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

thecairnman says...

Standards have certainly dropped I agree with Smudge he should have had a bit of respect and worn a tie.
Standards have certainly dropped I agree with Smudge he should have had a bit of respect and worn a tie. thecairnman
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