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Blackburn saw firm worker Tommy retires at ripe old age of 94

A 94-year-old man has finally retired after 80 years of work.

Tommy Holden started at his last job at Lancashire Saw Company Ltd in Blackburn, at the ripe old age of 67, and has worked his four-hour cleaning shift five days a week ever since.

Tommy, who was born in Blackburn in 1920, was thrown a celebratory party at the Gorse Street factory yesterday, which was also attended by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn, 92, and his two daughters.

An engineer by trade, Tommy, who now lives in Great Harwood, said that his secret was doing 100 press ups a day since he was a teenager and riding his push bike to work.

Despite stopping riding his bike to work, Tommy still attempts to do his 100 press ups a day, a feat that he credits for his longevity.

The grandad of five and great grandad of four first held down a job when he was 14, delivering cinema new reels in Rishton.

He joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1942 and spent the Second World War serving in the Middle East as an engineer.

After being demobbed, Tommy went on to work at Mullards and the Royal Ordnance Factory in Blackburn.

He retired aged 65 but joined the Lancashire Saw Mill Ltd less than two years later.

Tommy said: “I’ve always enjoyed working and I’m not one to sit at home and do nothing all day.

“I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family now that I’ve officially retired.

“I tried retirement once before but it didn’t suit me and I was desperate to get back to work.”

His daughter, Alwyn Hayes, 57, said: “He has always liked the jokes with the lads and talking about football with them.”

Company director, Stephen Bentley, said: “He will be missed around the factory.

“He gets on very well with all the lads and he is such a character.

“People are more important to us here than their age and I’ve been happy to employ him as long as he wanted.

“It has been great to have him around.”

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5:02pm Sat 11 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

congratulations and well done tommy.
congratulations and well done tommy. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 25

5:12pm Sat 11 Jan 14

shytalk says...

For Gods sake don't tell the Tories. They will want us all to work past 100
For Gods sake don't tell the Tories. They will want us all to work past 100 shytalk
  • Score: 20

5:16pm Sat 11 Jan 14

shytalk says...

100 press ups per day and riding a pushbike to work....Yep some merit in that. Well played sir.
100 press ups per day and riding a pushbike to work....Yep some merit in that. Well played sir. shytalk
  • Score: 23

7:10pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?
Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around? Angry From Accrington
  • Score: -45

7:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?
My thoughts, too.
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?[/p][/quote]My thoughts, too. happycyclist
  • Score: -45

8:05pm Sat 11 Jan 14

MickyRover says...

Maybe, but a lot of people 75 years younger than Tommy don't even have a quarter of his energy, too busy sat on their fat lazy arses playing the xbox... or finding fault with every single good news story on this site.
Maybe, but a lot of people 75 years younger than Tommy don't even have a quarter of his energy, too busy sat on their fat lazy arses playing the xbox... or finding fault with every single good news story on this site. MickyRover
  • Score: 42

1:48am Sun 12 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?
Well Done and congratulations.

It's a shame the young don't take a leaf out of his book.
94 years old and he can work yet we have pig idle lay a bouts who claim they can't get work. They would rather sit there in pov blaming the system that feeds them.
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?[/p][/quote]Well Done and congratulations. It's a shame the young don't take a leaf out of his book. 94 years old and he can work yet we have pig idle lay a bouts who claim they can't get work. They would rather sit there in pov blaming the system that feeds them. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 29

2:41am Sun 12 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
congratulations and well done tommy.
l think you deserve a good lie in after all those years getting up early,.well done old timer,
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: congratulations and well done tommy.[/p][/quote]l think you deserve a good lie in after all those years getting up early,.well done old timer, noddy57
  • Score: 13

3:35am Sun 12 Jan 14

Far East Calling says...

Well done
Well done Far East Calling
  • Score: 9

3:35am Sun 12 Jan 14

Far East Calling says...

Well done.
Well done. Far East Calling
  • Score: 7

5:26am Sun 12 Jan 14

Pommie Art says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?
Angry,
I suppose your just another cabbage, this man worked Part time for pleasure. What do you do for a living I can only imagine it's hard for you to sign on the dole or do you get a Taxi to the dole office you dolloper. How many press ups per day can you do. Oh I forgot your unable to do any seeming you sit on your fat Arse claiming dole
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?[/p][/quote]Angry, I suppose your just another cabbage, this man worked Part time for pleasure. What do you do for a living I can only imagine it's hard for you to sign on the dole or do you get a Taxi to the dole office you dolloper. How many press ups per day can you do. Oh I forgot your unable to do any seeming you sit on your fat Arse claiming dole Pommie Art
  • Score: 17

5:27am Sun 12 Jan 14

Pommie Art says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?
Angry,
I suppose your just another cabbage, this man worked Part time for pleasure. What do you do for a living I can only imagine it's hard for you to sign on the dole or do you get a Taxi to the dole office you dolloper. How many press ups per day can you do. Oh I forgot your unable to do any seeming you sit on your fat Arse claiming dole
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?[/p][/quote]Angry, I suppose your just another cabbage, this man worked Part time for pleasure. What do you do for a living I can only imagine it's hard for you to sign on the dole or do you get a Taxi to the dole office you dolloper. How many press ups per day can you do. Oh I forgot your unable to do any seeming you sit on your fat Arse claiming dole Pommie Art
  • Score: 7

5:57am Sun 12 Jan 14

MickyRover says...

I worked at the saw company from the age of 16-21 and knew Tommy, who would have been 76-81 at the time, fairly well.

Tom would be on the bus to work when I got on at Rishton. He would get off at the first stop on Burnley Road, whereas I got off two stops later at the Holehouse pub. It always baffled me as to why he did that, but he later explained to me that it was his early morning exercise. Even as a teenager he made me look lazy and this is my point, he worked damned hard sweeping those wooden floors in the factory and then would often run for his bus home.
I'm not slagging every youth here, but not even I would have done all that in my teenage years. So where would you get workers like Tommy from in this day and age?

Tommy didn't want to retire, I don't think he liked moping at home, he had the working mentality, wanted to be active and around the lads.

Enjoy your retirement Tommy, you've definitely earnt it.
I worked at the saw company from the age of 16-21 and knew Tommy, who would have been 76-81 at the time, fairly well. Tom would be on the bus to work when I got on at Rishton. He would get off at the first stop on Burnley Road, whereas I got off two stops later at the Holehouse pub. It always baffled me as to why he did that, but he later explained to me that it was his early morning exercise. Even as a teenager he made me look lazy and this is my point, he worked damned hard sweeping those wooden floors in the factory and then would often run for his bus home. I'm not slagging every youth here, but not even I would have done all that in my teenage years. So where would you get workers like Tommy from in this day and age? Tommy didn't want to retire, I don't think he liked moping at home, he had the working mentality, wanted to be active and around the lads. Enjoy your retirement Tommy, you've definitely earnt it. MickyRover
  • Score: 30

9:31am Sun 12 Jan 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Pommie Art wrote:
Angry From Accrington wrote:
Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?
Angry,
I suppose your just another cabbage, this man worked Part time for pleasure. What do you do for a living I can only imagine it's hard for you to sign on the dole or do you get a Taxi to the dole office you dolloper. How many press ups per day can you do. Oh I forgot your unable to do any seeming you sit on your fat Arse claiming dole
I am a 117 year old Zeppelin maker. I have never claimed benefits in my life and still do 300 one handed press ups with a large pig Sat on my back. I also have a highly developed sense of humour and irony.........sadly lacking in some quarters.
[quote][p][bold]Pommie Art[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?[/p][/quote]Angry, I suppose your just another cabbage, this man worked Part time for pleasure. What do you do for a living I can only imagine it's hard for you to sign on the dole or do you get a Taxi to the dole office you dolloper. How many press ups per day can you do. Oh I forgot your unable to do any seeming you sit on your fat Arse claiming dole[/p][/quote]I am a 117 year old Zeppelin maker. I have never claimed benefits in my life and still do 300 one handed press ups with a large pig Sat on my back. I also have a highly developed sense of humour and irony.........sadly lacking in some quarters. Angry From Accrington
  • Score: -8

11:16am Sun 12 Jan 14

Bazzer says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
Pommie Art wrote:
Angry From Accrington wrote:
Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?
Angry,
I suppose your just another cabbage, this man worked Part time for pleasure. What do you do for a living I can only imagine it's hard for you to sign on the dole or do you get a Taxi to the dole office you dolloper. How many press ups per day can you do. Oh I forgot your unable to do any seeming you sit on your fat Arse claiming dole
I am a 117 year old Zeppelin maker. I have never claimed benefits in my life and still do 300 one handed press ups with a large pig Sat on my back. I also have a highly developed sense of humour and irony.........sadly lacking in some quarters.
As my old mother would say. Not funny. Funny ha -ha.
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pommie Art[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: Is it any wonder that youth unemployment is so high with selfish and stubborn old b*offers like this around?[/p][/quote]Angry, I suppose your just another cabbage, this man worked Part time for pleasure. What do you do for a living I can only imagine it's hard for you to sign on the dole or do you get a Taxi to the dole office you dolloper. How many press ups per day can you do. Oh I forgot your unable to do any seeming you sit on your fat Arse claiming dole[/p][/quote]I am a 117 year old Zeppelin maker. I have never claimed benefits in my life and still do 300 one handed press ups with a large pig Sat on my back. I also have a highly developed sense of humour and irony.........sadly lacking in some quarters.[/p][/quote]As my old mother would say. Not funny. Funny ha -ha. Bazzer
  • Score: 1

12:46am Mon 13 Jan 14

Lancs Away says...

Good on you Tommy, happy retirement and the youth of today could learn some valuable lessons from you
Good on you Tommy, happy retirement and the youth of today could learn some valuable lessons from you Lancs Away
  • Score: 4

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