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31/10/11: Long service award for Lancashire electricity worker

Lancashire man Derek Dickson has spent the past 30 years maintaining the power network of the region and has this week received a Long Service Award from his employer Electricity North West.

Derek joined the company in 1981 straight from school as a trainee draughtsman, drawing up technical plans of the electricity network. 

He has spent the past three decades in various engineering roles with the power distribution company through the privatisation of the industry in the 90s as it became Norweb Plc, then United Utilities, before serving the public as Electricity North West.

After ten years in an office job designing substations for the company, Derek retrained as an engineer so he could work out in the field, helping to improve the network.

In his current role as a transmission engineer, Derek is responsible for maintaining the equipment he once designed throughout the South Lancashire area.

Derek commented: “My work has been extremely varied, and I’ve been given many different opportunities throughout the years to keep it interesting.

“The company has also changed in many ways but the employees retain the same pride in their work as they always have with the ongoing improvement of our region’s electricity network.”

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