Tingdene celebrates park and holiday home history
Tingdene, the Wellingborough park and holiday manufacturer has much to celebrate in 2019. The 50-years old design and build business celebrated not only its own history but two loyal employees who have been with them for 30 years.
Phil Mortimer and Duncan Reynolds joined Tingdene Homes in May 1989, the year when the Iron Curtain came down, the Tiananmen Square protests happened and Oliver North was convicted on charges relating to the Iran-Contra Affair.
“I was 16 years old - finished school on the Friday, and the following Monday I was being picked-up to start with Tingdene. That first day was an eye-opener, going straight from the classroom to the factory and the working world of the 1980s! But the thing I always remember is the warm family feeling - and that’s still here to this day.”
Duncan joined the business ten days later hoping to become a carpenter, and recalls:
“I actually joined Tingdene as a labourer, but kept picking up new skills and experiences, which meant I could progress through the company. I’ve been a carpenter, a supervisor, and was the main Mill supervisor for 15 years, so it’s been a really diverse three decades for me - no two days are ever the same at this place.”
The pair remain firm friends and share a passion for their local football teams and a passion for craftsmanship.
Ian Wilkins, Tingdene’s managing director said:
“It’s amazing to think how production techniques and technology has changed over the past three decades. But Phil and Duncan have been through it all - evolving and adapting their skills and knowledge to provide thirty years of amazing service. That kind of loyalty is really quite rare these days, and it’s something we truly appreciate.”
Phil and Duncan received a service award and a bottle of champagne each from the directors.
Find out more about Tingdene homes here: www.tingdene.co.uk