Retiring after 50 years in the town’s motor trade

Raymond Medcalf  is retiring after more than 50 years in the motor trade in Bury. Abbey Motor Factors,
Raymond Medcalf is retiring after more than 50 years in the motor trade in Bury. Abbey Motor Factors,

When Raymond Medcalf went into the motor trade almost everything he handled was made in Britain.

But when he looked around the shelves at Abbey Motor Factors, Rougham, on his last day on Tuesday, very little bears that tag 50 years later.

“Everything was made in this country, mostly in Birmingham,” he said. “Now there’s nothing.””

Warehouseman Raymond, of Chelsea Close, Bury St Edmunds, is 69 but has only worked for four companies, all in Bury.

When he left school in about 1959 he went to work for Lawson’s Electrical, a domestic appliance shop in St Andrew’s Street, but he soon moved to County Electrical, on the corner of Cotton Lane, now a Halfords Autocentre.

“It was owned by Lucas who were virtually the only electrical supplier to the British motor industry,” Raymond recalled. “Everything was Lucas, you got the occasional Bosch item, but not often.”

From there he went to Electro-Diesel in The Broadway then he joined the vehicle parts suppliers Abbey Motor Factors in November 2002.Colleagues there saw him off with a specially made cake.

He says he is looking forwards to having the time for gardening and decorating.