An impressive 290 years of service has been celebrated by a local travel company as it honoured 14 of its long serving employees.

Bakers Dolphin, which is based in Weston and provides coach travel across the Burnham-On-Sea area and beyond, handed out awards recognising the unique contributions each of the celebrated staff members has made in their various roles which include coach drivers, hostesses and sales and reservations staff.

Awards were given for 10, 15, 20, 25, 35 and 40 years of service. Staff, along with Bakers Dolphin management, enjoyed a special meal this week to celebrate.

Amanda Harrington, Sales and Marketing Director at Bakers Dolphin, said: “To celebrate a combined total of 290 years of committed service is wonderful and we’re immensely grateful to our remarkable staff who go above and beyond to ensure our customers enjoy memorable holidays and trips every time.”

“Our Long Service Awards recognise and acknowledge in a small way the huge impact our staff make to the success of the business and we’re pleased that so many people decide to stay with us for many, many years, sometimes for their whole career. We’re like a family at Bakers Dolphin and we’re very proud of everyone’s individual and combined achievements.”

Among those awarded was Richard Peach who has been a driver at Bakers Dolphin for 40 years. Also awarded was Driver David Pople for 35 years’ service and Chief Engineer Mark Vearncombe, Sales Executive Fiona Callaghan; Reservations Manager Lynda Frisby; and Operations Director Max Fletcher who have all given 25 years’ service.

Andy Guise, Driver and Julie Whiterod, Coach Hire Assistant Manager, were rewarded for 20 years’ service while Drivers Antonia Tipping and Robin Knibbs and Lucy Cowgill, in the reservations team all received 15 years’ awards. Mandy Havill, Group Travel Manager; Kathy Knibbs, Hostess and Dave Cornelius, Driver were awarded for 10 years’ service.

Bakers Dolphin is one of the largest and longest-established coach holiday companies in the region, with a history dating back to 1889.