Keith Shrimpton retires after 45 years at First Bus in Southampton

Daily Echo: Retiring after 45 years of keeping buses on the move Retiring after 45 years of keeping buses on the move

FOR nearly 45 years he has been helping to keep buses in Southampton on the move.

But now Keith Shrimpton is hanging up his toolkit and retiring from First Hampshire’s Southampton depot in Empress Road.

The 60-year-old started work at First as an apprentice in 1969 and worked his way up to engineering shift supervisor.

Working on the buses runs in the family as his father-in-law Percy Axtell was a driver in Southampton for more than 40 years and his brother-in-law Brian Walker worked with him in engineering.

Now his son Matt Shrimpton is carrying on the family tradition as a chargehand at First’s Southampton depot.

Keith lives in Bitterne Park with his wife Lesley and three children and he intends to spend his retirement enjoying foreign holidays, taking up swimming again and going to the gym.

He said: “I shall miss my colleagues here first and foremost but it was time for me to call it a day.”

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11:01pm Sun 22 Jun 14

waggers5 says...

" The 60-year-old started work at First as an
apprentice in 1969" That's all the more impressive when you consider First only came into existence in 1995 and purchased Southampton Citybus in 1997. Southampton Citybus began in 1986. In 1969 it would have been Southampton Corporation Transport. A very different entity from First Hampshire.
" The 60-year-old started work at First as an apprentice in 1969" That's all the more impressive when you consider First only came into existence in 1995 and purchased Southampton Citybus in 1997. Southampton Citybus began in 1986. In 1969 it would have been Southampton Corporation Transport. A very different entity from First Hampshire. waggers5
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