New era for dental laboratory

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A 40-YEAR-OLD dental laboratory is entering a new era with the retirement of two of its original members of staff.

Adept Dental Laboratory, in Hollow Road, Bury St Edmunds, is today waving goodbye to founder and former managing director Derek Richardson and head of its denture department Maurice Norton, aged 65.

The company has provided dental prosthesis for surgeries around the world and was the first laboratory in Suffolk to produce crown and bridgework.

Mr Richardson said: “We’re sad to be calling it a day but it’s been good fun.

“We’ve got a good crew that are going to carry on the good work of Adept, which has built up a faultless reputation over the years.”

Mr Norton added: “I shall really miss it. There aren’t many jobs where you can say you’ve started and finished in the same place.”

Mr Richardson launched the business in Northgate Street and 25 years later moved to Risbygate Street before setting up base in Hollow Road.

Marthinus Robbertse took over as managing director of Adept in 2007.