Oh yea, Oh yea! Town crier salutes Tony on retirement
Tony Matthews, Sales Supervisor for National Express East Anglia at Ingatestone station retired earlier this month after 18 years service in the rail industry. Most of that time was spent at Ingatestone rail station where he provided an invaluable service as part of the local community.
Tony joined British Rail in 1989 as a booking office clerk at Chelmsford, quickly progressing to Telephone Enquiry Bureau supervisor. In 1993, he took a role at Ingatestone station, opening the office at 5:30 every morning and working in conjunction with the late Bish Simpson to improve the station. Tony and Bish won many accolades for their flower displays and hanging baskets and in 1995 Ingatestone won the best small station award.
At his recent retirement, Tony was honoured for his dedication by the community that he worked tirelessly for, as well as by his colleagues. His fondness for gardening was acknowledged with a lawn mower and other gardening related gifts, coupled with a rousing farewell from the Chelmsford Town crier Tony Appleton.
Petrina Murphy Group Station Manager for National Express East Anglia commented: “Tony has been a dedicated member of our customer service team and we’re very grateful for his hard work at Ingatestone and service to the community. We wish him all the best in retirement.”