Billy retires after 45 years

Billy Gordon has retired after 45 years' service to Barratt Homes
Billy Gordon has retired after 45 years' service to Barratt Homes

An Ellon construction worker has hung up his tools after over 45 years’ service to his employer, Barratt Homes.

Billy Gordon (64) joined William Bruce & Sons in 1971, shortly before it became Barratt Construction, and has worked with the firm ever since.

He retires from a role in groundworks which covers everything from laying concrete and tar to fitting slabs and drains and setting off foundations.

Now, Billy is set to replace his hard hat with a coach’s whistle as he continues his volunteer work with the local junior football team.

He also plans to work on his golf handicap and spend more time with his young grandchildren.

Speaking of his time with Barratt Homes, he said: “Construction offers excellent career opportunities for young people, especially those who enjoy variety and learning something new every day.

“My job has changed so much since I started out – the machinery and technology is different and the workplace is so much safer.

“There is so much demand for new talent in the industry - it’s a great time to consider an apprenticeship or other industry roles.”

Douglas McLeod, Regional Director for Barratt Scotland, commented: “From everyone here at Barratt Homes I would like to thank Billy for his hard work and commitment to the business over all these years.

“I wish him all the best for the future and a long and happy retirement.”

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