Alan Hawes, ( centre ) who has worked for New Holland for last 20 years, is retiring from an industry that has undergone considerable change since he entered it as a 17-year-old.
“When I started most customers would have a tractor on every implement, and the UK industry supported about 33,000 machines. That number has now halved, and tractors have become bigger, more powerful and able to handle a wider range of tasks. Air conditioning used to be standard as there weren’t any cabs,” says Alan
“I’ve lived my dream, which started when I was with my father on the farm. I’ve always had the ambition to work with machinery and tractors and I’ve been able to do it. I’ve made a tremendous number of friends over the years, worked for a wonderful company in New Holland and enjoyed every minute of it. I won’t retire rich, but I’ll have rich memories.”