March 22, 2011 | Community News
Senior driller Bob Bell has stepped away from the controls of his drilling rig for the final time after almost a quarter of a century with the Banks Group.
Bob joined Banks in 1987, and spent the next 24 years working across the company’s various mining sites in North East England, Scotland and the Midlands, with his final job being at the Rusha site in West Lothian.
He’s also been responsible for helping to train and develop many of his colleagues on the drilling team, including Tony Timmins, with whom he has worked closely over the last four years as part of Tony’s preparation for taking over the senior driller role on Bob’s retirement.
Bob, who lives in Spennymoor, received a special miniature model of an excavator from Banks Group founder and chairman Harry Banks at his retirement presentation as a memento of his time with the firm.
Bob is now planning to spend more time tending to his allotment, as well as travelling overseas.
Senior geologist Liz Shaw, who was Bob’s line manager, says: “Bob has been an exemplary member of the drilling team, and has brought lots of innovation and problem solving skills to his work over more than two decades with Banks.
“He’s also worked hard to pass on his skills and knowledge to all his drilling team colleagues, and everyone here wishes him a long and very happy retirement.”
Bob Bell adds: “All my friends and colleagues were very generous in their contributions towards my retirement present, and I’d like to say thank you to them all for being such great people to work with.”