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Burlington Slate reflects on Eddie Harrison’s 50 years of service

Burlington Slate sales representative in Cumbria, Eddie Harrison, retired in 1985 after 50 years with the business.

Mr Harrison, 66, from Moor Park, Millom, had started at Kirkby Quarries when he was 14.

There were no machines back then. All the work was done by hand with the help of ten horses, which pulled small bogies and wagons.

In 1997, Burlington Slate production manager Tom Southward retired after 35 years with a hot air balloon ride as a parting gift.

Born in Eskdale and alumnus of Keswick School, Tom began his working life in 1962 at Burlington Slate, aged 20.

Eight years later, he was promoted to head of Burlington’s architecture department.

In 1972, he was appointed director in charge of total production for Kirkby’s career.

Shortly after, following Burlington’s takeover of The Lakeland Green Slate and Stone Company, Tom became the band’s production manager in 1977 becoming a director.

Tom cited as one of his greatest achievements the centralization of blue/grey and green production in Kirkby Quarry in 1985.

He also remembers receiving the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1989.

Speaking at a special presentation held at Kirkby’s corporate headquarters and production facility in Burlington, Tom said he “enjoyed a lot” his time with the company.

Thanking everyone who has helped him over the years, he said: “I believe the company is well placed to face the future with confidence and I wish everyone the best.”

As a former rugby and squash player and fitness enthusiast, Tom intended to pursue his interests by working out regularly at the gym, walking, mountain biking and gardening.

He also aimed to brush up on his spoken French and develop his interest in computers.

Mike Bulley had been named Burlington’s new production manager.

He has worked with a number of major UK companies including Michelin and Costain Building Products.