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Long-serving power worker Joe reaches end of the line after 52 years

A Stonham Aspal man is retiring after more than 52 years’ service with a power company working to keep the lights on.

From Press releases - 15 March 2019 12:00 AM

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Joe Freezer is departing UK Power Networks, who own and operate the electricity network delivering power to 8.3million properties across the East, South East and London.

Joe joined what was then named Eastern Electricity as an 18-year-old back in 1966, initially as a labourer before training as a linesman, a job he has done in all weathers for more than five decades, most recently as a member of the hot glove team.

His job has been to maintain and upgrade power lines for customers across the high voltage network across Suffolk and he admits he will miss coming to work each day when he enters retirement at the end of this month.

Joe said: “I’ve been doing the job for a long while, but I’ve never stopped enjoying it. I will miss the people I work alongside especially because there’s great camaraderie.

“I’ve always taken pride in the work we do to restore power to households and I’ve still got strong memories of how much the public thanked us for our work during the great storm of 1987.

“I’ve got a few things I want to do with family in retirement, including spending time in a caravan we have bought, but I will miss helping the community and my work colleagues.

“Our company has an excellent apprenticeship scheme which is recruiting just now and I would recommend any young person to get into the industry because it’s given me a long and happy career.”

Phil Baker, Operations manager for UK Power Networks for Bury and Ipswich, added: “Joe is tremendous character who is well-liked by everyone he works with.

“He has made a fantastic contribution to the company, a great professional who knows every aspect of his job, but while he will be sorely missed we all wish him a long and happy retirement.”

Careers information about UK Power Networks can be found at http://www.ukpowernetworkscareers.co.uk/careers/

Joe Freezer joined UK Power Networks in 1966, a year perhaps best remembered in the UK for England’s World Cup soccer success, but that year also saw:
• First soft landing on the moon
• Harold Wilson winning a General Election for Labour
• The Beatles last full live concert
• The Aberfan disaster in South Wales
• The first BBC broadcast in colour
• The launch of the first credit card in the UK