A Dundee car garage boss played the part of Eamonn Andrews to celebrate an “ideal employee’s” 40 years with his firm.
Barnetts Motor Group chairman Paul Barnett surprised MOT tester Stephen Benvie, 56, with a gold watch and invitation to lunch with the directors and other long-serving staff when he went for his morning break in the canteen.
Mr Barnett presented a This Is Your Life-style account of Mr Benvie’s career, and read a few comical entries from the 1970s accident book which involved Steve in his early days.
He said: “Steve has been an ideal employee always reliable and hardworking and never any trouble at all so we felt we had to recognise the outstanding service he’s given with more than just the usual presentation.
“He’s a quiet man, so we knew we’d have to surprise him with the gift and lunch.”
Steve started at Roseangle Garage in 1973 and moved to Barnetts-owned Taybridge Motors Renault in 1975. He has been at the group’s main site at Riverside Drive in Dundee since it opened in 1976.
He thanked his colleagues for Tuesday’s surprise, adding: “I’m already looking forward to my 50th year present!”
And asked why he has stayed with the same firm for so long, he stated: “Good colleagues and being treated well by the company.”