Brothers retire after 86 years with Bury st Edmunds brewer
Twin brothers, Kenny and Keith Meekins, have retired today after a life-long career at the same Bury St Edmunds business.
The pair joined pub retailer and brewer Greene King in the mid-1970s and together have accomplished 86 years’ service.
Kenny was the first to join in 1973, working on its mineral line where he bottled lemonade. His brother began his career with the company a year later.
Kenny became a drayman for 27 years, delivering beer to pubs across the region, and spent his last 16-year stretch in security.
He often dressed up as an abbot to promote Greene King’s premium beer, Abbot Ale, and even took a penalty at Ipswich Town Football Club dressed in the abbot’s attire.
Looking back at his career, he said: “Greene King has been a fantastic company to work for. They’ve been good to me and hopefully they feel I’ve been good for them.”
Keith, meanwhile, worked as a forklift driver for two years before getting the job he really wanted – also working on the drays.
He said: “Being a drayman in the 70s and 80s was the best. The camaraderie was great, we all stuck together.
“The landlords and ladies always looked after us. We’d always have a full English breakfast waiting for us in the morning. Sometimes I’d go home and my wife would serve me dinner but I’d already had three courses during the day.”
Keith also spent 18 years of his career driving an articulated lorry, taking Greene King beers to its depots across the country.
The Meekins brothers plan to spend much of their retirement together.
Kenny said: “We are twin brothers but we are also best mates. We work hard and we play hard – now we’ll have a bit more time to play.”