John Storey has been operating diggers for more than 45 years and has no plans to stop yet.
To mark his 70th birthday his bosses at the Leyburn-based Biker Group in North Yorkshire have given him a limited edition JCB 3CX backhoe painted in 1970s JCB livery to operate – a machine produced specially to mark JCB’s own 70th anniversary.
John says: “When they turned up on the site with the 3CX I thought ‘what on earth is this?’ It was a real shock but a great birthday surprise and has helped me reminisce about some of the machines I have operated over the years.”
Biker Group business development manager Sam Biker – youngest of founder/chairman Tony Biker’s three sons who all work in the company – said: “We bought the special 70th anniversary JCB machine to mark John’s birthday as it seemed the most appropriate gift. The added excitement for us all was that John knew nothing about it and so it came as quite a surprise when we revealed the present – the look on his face was a picture.
“John has been with us for more than 30 years and has operated many JCBs for the business throughout this period. He did do a bit of a double take when he saw the machine but is now putting it to good use to carry out ground works.”
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