Archant's longest-serving employee retires

Archant’s longest-serving employee, Brian Webber, bid farewell to the company last week after more than 48 years of service.

Webber retired from the Evening Star and sister paper, the East Anglian Daily Times, where he worked as an editorial page designer.

The 63-year-old said: “I’ll miss the company, but I think out of everything I will miss the banter between the staff the most.

“I think my most popular times were in the 70s and 80s, when we had the old social club open on site. Some good times were definitely had there.

“Things were completely different when I started here in the 60s to what they are like now.”

Webber started at the company on August 13, 1961 as an apprentice, a position he held for six years before moving on to work in a number of other posts, including working as a “stone hand” and creating the pages for both newspapers.

“Brynnie has been one of our company’s great assets over almost half a century and we will miss him greatly,” said Star editor Nigel Pickover.

“He goes into a well-deserved retirement with our heartfelt thanks and a track record that is second-to none.”

Webber added: “I’m going to relax and take things easy and just enjoy the summer months. I’m going to spend a lot more time with my family, especially my grandchildren. I’m really looking forward to that.”

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