An employee with a Thrapston company will be shutting his work toolbox for the final time as he retires after nearly 50 years with the company.

Barry Croot has remained loyal to Scotts of Thrapston, a manufacturer of specialist timber products, for nearly five decades after starting as a 16-year-old who was keen to work with a local firm.

The company praised Barry, a Buildings Assembler, for his dedication as fellow workers wished him a fond farewell as he began his retirement.

David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, said: “We cannot thank Barry enough for the dedication he has shown as he has devoted his career to our business and he has been a well-respected member of the team.

“Nearly fifty years with one company is an amazing achievement and it is testament to the atmosphere and great working environment we offer here. Barry will be missed by his colleagues and we wish him a very happy retirement.”

Barry, who has lived in Thrapston all his life, said he would certainly miss everyone, adding: “Scotts was the first place I applied for a job as it was a local company with a great reputation. I had friends who worked at Scotts too and I wanted to work with them, as any lad would.”

Established in 1920, Scotts of Thrapston has a reputation for manufacturing high quality, specialist timber products including summerhouses, stables, pavilions, outbuildings, timber doors, windows, bespoke joinery, roof trusses and education buildings.

Barry added: “My first role was as a labourer helping to move the company from its old factory to a new one. I have mostly been involved in the Buildings Division over the years, including working on the saw and in the manufacture of dog kennels, rabbit hutches, summerhouses and stables.

“Scotts of Thrapston has been a very good company to work for, and I have never felt the need to move on. I have really enjoyed working here, and my most enjoyable time was developing and manufacturing the variety of summerhouses we have produced over the years – plus the factory is only 10 minutes away from my home.

“I am looking forward to my retirement. I have given myself three months off to take it easy, and will enjoy walking my dog around the local lakes. Then I will work out what I want to do with my retirement, although I do have a lot of decorating to do which will keep me busy for some time.”

Scotts of Thrapston employs more than 100 people at its Bridge Street, Thrapston, Northamptonshire headquarters and prides itself on continually looking to recruit bright, young professionals and craftsmen to assist with their continued business growth.