Celebrating 55 years of service

PUBLISHED: 13:48 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

Mick and Laury Barrow toast their retirement in front of colleagues - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mick and Laury Barrow toast their retirement in front of colleagues - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

THEY worked together, they live together and now, with 55 years of service between them, Mick and Laury Barrow are retiring together. Not many people would choose to work with their partner, but after 18 years of marriage and 20 years as a crew for the E

THEY worked together, they live together and now, with 55 years of service between them, Mick and Laury Barrow are retiring together.

Not many people would choose to work with their partner, but after 18 years of marriage and 20 years as a crew for the Essex Ambulance service, the couple from Stansted Ambulance Station can think of nothing better.

"People have asked me 'how on Earth can you work with your husband?", says Laury, 54, who worked for 25 years as a paramedic. "If you work with somebody for a long, time your working relationship is so smooth. You know what the other person wants you to do without asking."

Mick, who retired on his 60th birthday in October after 30 years, agrees: "We could counsel each other. We both knew what had happened during the day and by the time we got home we had left work behind."

The couple, who received the Queen's medal for long service and good conduct, met at Harlow ambulance station in the 1970s. After a move to Epping in 1986 they started working together as a crew and have been based at Stansted for the last seven years.

Colleagues celebrated their retirement at a party at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital Social Club last Friday, where the duo were given a Waterford Crystal vase and clock and vouchers.

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