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06/09/2011: Long service award for Carlisle electricity worker

Carlisle man Richard Sunderland has spent the last 40 years maintaining the power network of the region and has this week received a Long Service Award from his employer Electricity North West.

In the past year, the company has celebrated similar milestones with 29 other members of staff. Together, these employees have served up an impressive 1,050 years with the business.

Richard, who lives in Carlisle, joined Electricity North West as a trainee in 1971 when it was the publicly-owned North West Electricity Board. He has spent the last four decades in various roles with the company as it became Norweb Plc, then United Utilities, before serving the public as Electricity North West.

In his current role as an engineer linesman, Richard is part of the response team that reacts to any supply faults or problems, working to maintain a reliable electricity supply to homes and businesses from Kendal all the way up to the Scottish border.

Over the years he has collected a number of thank you letters from customers and in the next few weeks he will be heading out of town to work in the remote bogs of Anthorn, to help install a new electricity pole.

“My work is extremely varied, which has kept it interesting for all these years,” says Richard. “I’m proud to be a part of the company’s history - and its future, as it invests in the ongoing improvement of the region's electricity network.”

“Richard is a valued member of the team, and his expertise and friendly manner are a real asset to the business,” says line manager Steve Ross. “Colleagues and customers value his advice; he is well respected and a great person to represent the company out in the field.” 

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