25 Feb 2019 | Posted In News

We were intrigued and humbled to receive an interesting and thoughtful letter at the start of January from a past employee who worked with the business over 70 years ago! Doreen Holland worked for Harry Fairclough in 1945 as the company’s only accounts clerk and bookkeeper and was recently talking about her past career and wondered how the business was doing all of these years later. After a quick Google she found the website and was happy to see that we are still going strong as one of the leading regional contractors in the North.

Doreen was compelled to get in touch and her letter explained how she briefly met our founder Harry Fairclough himself before he retired, and the business was taken over by his older son Mark Fairclough. Doreen worked for the business until 1953, but later returned to Warrington and to the business in 1969 after seeing a job advertisement in the Warrington Guardian. She re-joined the company and continued to work in the accounts department for several years before retiring.

Amazingly, there are members of the team who remember working with Doreen when she joined us for the second time, 43 years ago, including Patsy Vlies, Accounts Clerk. In her letter Doreen fondly recalls construction of the bridge over the River Lune in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. Our Civils team is still building bridges (amongst many other things) in 2019 so some things haven’t changed!

Richard Longfellow, Managing Director, comments: “What a lovely blast from the past it was to receive Doreen’s letter and to know that after all of this time she was interested in how we are doing as a business. We are proud of the fact that the average length of service of our staff is over 12 years and we often stay in touch when people move on. We still have instances of individuals re-joining the business after time away to pursue other routes, in the way that Doreen did. We very much retain the family business values on which we were founded and keeping in touch with those who support our business and are part of our journey is something that we are always keen to do.”

Thank you to Doreen for sharing your happy memories of the business with us, and we’re very glad you decided to google Harry Fairclough to see what we’re up to and get in touch!