Staff at Fox Narrowboats were celebrating last Friday evening when they had a BBQ at the marina to celebrate Alan Stimpson’s 40 years of Service with the company. Alan who is the lead boatbuilder with the firm joined the company in 1982 following 6 months on the Youth Opportunities Programme. Since that time Alan has gained qualifications in Welding, Power Boating, Inland helmsman, Marine Electrics and Woodworking. During his time with the company Alan has seen the marina undergo two extensions enabling the marina to accommodate up to 200 boats. Built three sea going yachts and three boats with disabled access for St John Ambulance and built a Canal boat exported to Rhode Island USA as well as bespoke narrowboats. When asked what he enjoys about working with the company his reply was “Every day brings new and different challenges, no two days are ever the same. People coming on holiday with the company are usually happy and excited about doing a new experience.”
As part of his celebration of this milestone Alan was treated by the company to a flying and track driving day at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. This included a flight in a Dragon Rapide, a Tank Driving experience and time in the Spitfire simulator as well as a tour of the American Museum, the Battle of Britain Museum, and the Land Warfare Museum. Later Alan will return to Duxford for a flight in a Tiger Moth.
Tracey Baxter, Finance Director at Fox Narrowboats said “we are delighted to recognise Alan’s long service with the company. Over his time here he has become a good colleague and friend. The company has seen many changes since Alan joined as we have grown and developed over the years and Alan is always keen to see progression and what we may be doing in the future.”