Five staff at Gillingham based Coach Company 'The Kings Ferry' today celebrated a century of service to Kent travellers.
Between them Pat Powell, Mick Knight, Dave Balchin, Mich Keohane and Graham birch have clocked up 120 years on Kent's roads. Each has worked at The Kings Ferry for at least 20 years - covering a range of roles from engineering to project management.
The company recently reported a surge in demand for its commuter coach services between Kent and London - with patronage up 11% during 2011.
Andrew Cleaves, Managing Director of National Express said: "The success of The King's Ferry relies on the close knit team who help keep 1400 commuters on the move everyday.
"Achieving a combined 120 years of service to Kent's transport industry is a great achievement and testament to the community spirit at The King's Ferry."
About the staff:
- 58 year old Pat Powell, from Chatham, Kent, started in 1986 as an Engineer
- 50 year old Mick Knight, from Strood, Kent, started in 1987 as an Engineer
- 43 year old Dave Balchin, from Sheerness, Kent, started in 1988 as a Trainee Engineer
- 50 year old Mick Keohane from Hoo, Kent, started in 1989 as a Vehicle Electrician
- 52 year old Graham Birch from Rainham, Kent, started in 1990 as a Trainee Coach Driver
The Kings Ferry provide daily commuter services between London and Kent as well as luxury VIP services for companies such as BBC and Premiership Football Clubs.