Relocation specialist stays put for 40 years

Joanne Reeves, Jerry Trusler and Niall Mackay outside the Butchers Arms in Priors Hadwick.
Joanne Reeves, Jerry Trusler and Niall Mackay outside the Butchers Arms in Priors Hadwick.

A Daventry man celebrated his 40th anniversary working for a town firm on Tuesday, October 7.

Jerry Trusler, 59, marked his fourth decade with Gerson Relocation Ltd with a slap up meal at the Butchers Arms in Priors Hardwick with manager Joanne Reeves and managing director Niall Mackay.

Jerry joined Gerson Relocation Ltd in 1974 when he was just 19 after leaving his job as a packer at Walkers Removals in Northampton.

The company, which specialises in corporate relocations, is based on Stephenson Close, Daventry. It opened its first storage facilities in the town in 1972.

Jerry said: “I enjoy the work. There are lots of good people in the company.

“We are a very good team,” Joanne added.

Jerry bought a house in Daventry in 1976, shortly after marrying his wife Pam. He initially worked for seven years as a porter and packer for the firm,before becoming a foreman in 1983.

Jerry said he had enjoyed meeting plenty of famous faces in his work, including Margaret Thatcher, but one of his favourite moments was in 2002 working to move a collection of gun patterns from Nottingham to other facilities, including the Royal Armouries where they were securely stored in an underground bunker.

“We had a police escort, unarmed officer in the cab and outriders,” Jerry said. “We didn’t stop for anything, even red lights.”

Jerry’s hefty experience on the factory floor attracted the notice of management, who promoted him to warehouse manager in 2005.

Mr Mackay said: ““Jerry is the first one of our employees to see 40 years with us. Jerry’s work for us over the years has been fantastic with a long list of happy customers to his name. We’re looking forward to his next 40 years !”