ONE of Hyndburn’s largest employers is celebrating after three colleagues marked their ruby anniversaries with the firm.

Tony McNichols has been a labourer then a messenger at, formerly Express Gifts, for 46 years.

Dave Sanderson joined as a warehouse operative 41 years ago and is now operations director there.

And Kevin Lonsdale, who started as a trainee computer operator and today is IT operations manager, has nearly 41 years under his belt.

Sharon Benson, the firm’s human resources director, said: “These colleagues have become familiar friendly faces over the years, and have cemented the familial feel of our company.

“We are so glad to have such dedicated, hardworking employees, and we’re thrilled to share these milestones with them.”

Tony added: “This company has been a huge part of my life and has allowed me to grow as a person and a professional within it.”

Another eight workers at the company, which is owned by Findel, have also racked up service of 30 years or more.