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26/05/2011: Engineering retirement after powering the region

Brierfield man David Carter will be bidding goodbye to a bright career this week, when he retires from Electricity North West after almost half a century at the business.

Over the last 49 years, David has connected the British Aerospace Substation in Salmesbury and helped to keep the North West community warm during the infamous blackouts of the ‘70s.

David started his career with Electricity North West (then the public Electricity Board) as a 16-year-old apprentice in 1962. It was the year the public met the Beatles and Bond, as well as being the year that the North West was struggling in dense fog – and David recalls being ‘scared stiff’ when he left Walter Street School to join the company on an initial five-year apprentice course.

In a subsequent career that has seen David incorporate maintenance, planning and operational management in his roles, he has worked across Lancashire, while seeing UK industry in general undergo huge changes through privatisation.

“The world has changed a great deal since I started work,” says David. “I’ve seen the Electricity Board go through many stages, becoming Norweb, then United Utilities and now serving the public as Electricity North West. The consolidation of its services and technological advances over this time have been great - and I’ve been proud to be a part of the company’s history.”

Stephen Potter, Electricity North West’s Major Projects Delivery Manager and David’s boss said “David is well known throughout our Lancashire offices and field employees, we all wish him the very best for his retirement.”

He won’t be taking it too easy – being used to technical work, David is now planning on volunteering with the Modern Railways alongside his grandson, to help preserve the East Lancashire Line.

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