Car dealer celebrates 85th year

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CAR dealership Cecil and Larter is celebrating its 85th year of trading in Bury St Edmunds.

And, incredibly, the 49 employees at the firm, based on Mildenhall Road, have clocked up more than 500 years of service between them.

This includes six staff members who have each worked for the company for more than 25 years, including managing director Ray Cawson.

Leading the pack for long service is Butch Murrow, who has been with Cecil and Larter since 1971, followed by Lynne Wheeler who has been at the firm for more than 30 years.

Dennis Leader has also put in the hours managing 27 years with the company.

Mr Cawson said: “On reaching my quarter of a century I suddenly realised that quite a few employees had been with us for a considerable amount of time as well.

“So we quickly added up all our employees’ service records and it came to 563 years.

“For a relatively small business, in terms of employees, I thought that was quite unusual and would like to pay tribute to all of our staff for the commitment they have shown the company.”