Welder ready to call it a day after long career

A car welder who was one of the founding members in Benedict Square, Werrington, is set to reluctantly retire approximately 35 years after setting up his business.

Sunday, 25th March 2018, 5:00 pm
Tom Hendry, retiring welder at Benedict Square, Werrington EMN-180316-164146009

Former paratrooper Tom Hendry (82) will finally say goodbye to Tom Hendry’s Welding Bay at the end of the month after a long career which included working at Peter Brotherhood and Baker Perkins, before setting up on his own.

Tom, who cycles into work in his shorts everyday from Paston, said: “I have enjoyed it very much.

“I did not want to retire but age has caught up with me.

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“I’m not as strong as I was but, as far as I’m concerned, I’ve had a damn good life and met a good woman.”

Tom married Patricia when he was 25 and they had two sons - Dean and Ian.

Tom also worked in a gold mine in South Africa and worked in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).