Ulverston firm staff celebrate 65 years of saving lives
Last updated at 15:46, Tuesday, 16 April 2013
STAFF at a major Ulverston employer celebrated its 65th anniversary this week – and the millions of lives saved in that time.
To mark 65 years since the first batch of penicillin left the GalxoSmithKline factory in Ulverston, site manager Greig Rooney told staff how proud he was of all they have achieved since then.
He said the best estimates showed that the plant was directly responsible for helping to save 65 million people’s lives since 1948 through medicine produced on site.
In a speech to staff yesterday, he said: “What we do is truly amazing – we truly do save people’s lives.”
Back in 1948, he said, it would have been hard to imagine the site would be doing so well more than a decade into the next century. But in 2013, he added, GSK Ulverston is still going strong – much like other new developments to emerge in 1948, including the first Land Rover, the first Polo mint and the NHS.
Mr Rooney continued: “It is a very proud day. It is also key to celebrate it not only just with current staff but with members of original staff as well.”
So it was fitting that one of the first members of staff to set foot on the North Lonsdale Road site, Alec Swann, was invited to raise the commemorative anniversary flag yesterday.
One of the site’s employees, Jackie Cole, said she was impressed with the anniversary celebrations.
She said: “I think it’s fabulous. I have worked here for 25 years and I was here for the 50th anniversary.
“There were some issues going back a few years and some people might have thought we wouldn’t get to this stage so I think it’s fantastic.
“It has been a great day.”
Mr Rooney added: “The site has a fabulous history.
“What bonds the staff from previous years and today is we make life-saving products.
“Patients at the end of our supply chain are desperate for our medicine.
“That is why people stay here – they love the fact we are doing good.”
First published at 15:43, Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Police investigating collision at Barrow taxi firm
- Pupils hit a high note at South Cumbria Musical Festival
- Concerns over increase in violence at Cumbria prison
- Electric barriers result in outrage among Haverigg residents
- Otter found in South Cumbria puddle is now doing swimmingly
- Barrow sports club’s future secured by a new long-term lease
- Askam dad killed by mix of drugs and alcohol
- Record day for young musicians at Ulverston contest
- Race against time to Cumbria and Lancashire save maternity units
- Staff moved to tears by damning report into Barrow maternity failures
- Casson confident over Barrow AFC title bid
- Wilson hails Barrow AFC squad strength
- Barrow AFC boss facing selection headaches
- The Weekly Meeks: Bradford clash will be no walk in the Park
- Walney Cents' Finch back for top-of-the-table clash
- Hawcoat Park aim to produce another big home display
- Kirkby look to steer cup treble chasers off course
- Barrow AFC keeper seeks new contract
- Fylde striker and ex-Barrow AFC player warns - title race not over yet
- Aussie ace out to impress for Barrow Raiders
Visit our websites for...
Great Daffodil appeal 2015
Homes and gardens 21
Power to switch
Walk to remember
Choosing a secondary school
To save our contact details direct to your smartphone simply scan this QR code
|Evening Mail Going Out|