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Go North East celebrates 6,185 years of combined service at 70th Long Service Awards

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Go North East celebrates 6,185 years of combined service at 70th Long Service Awards

On Friday night, Go North East hosted its 70th Long Service Awards dinner to celebrate colleagues who had reached 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of service.

The awards, which had been delayed in recent years due to the pandemic, celebrated 196 team members who’d reached their milestones in 2019, 2020 and 2021, together totalling an astonishing 6,185 years with the region’s largest bus company.

Held at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, the night was hosted by the company’s managing director, Martijn Gilbert.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the celebration included drinks, a three-course dinner, and musical entertainment.

Commenting on the evening, Martijn Gilbert said: “It was great to finally get together and celebrate the commitment and loyal service of our workforce.

“It’s amazing to see team members that have dedicated so much of their lives to the company, be it our drivers on the frontline or support teams behind the scenes, they all do an excellent job helping to keep the region moving.”

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On the Go since 1913

Around 175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day to travel around this wonderful region. Travelling to work or education, to visit friends and family, to have a night out, or to visit one of the region's many tourist and leisure attractions.

For over 100 years, Go North East has connected the region's towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and currently operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into Tees Valley.

Employing over 2,000 local people, with a fleet of almost 700 buses and coaches and an annual turnover of £100m, the company is the regional subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport.

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NE8 2UA Gateshead