A late February open evening by P Tuckwell Ltd to mark the retirement of sales manager Tom Glover was very well attended
A late February open evening arranged by P Tuckwell Ltd to mark the retirement of sales manager Tom Glover also included an opportunity to check out some of the latest John Deere, JCB, and Vaderstad products. The event was very well attended as David Williams reports. Above: The open evening was well attended by long-established and recent customers from the Essex and Suffolk farming communities. Up to 500 farmers and contractors were at the open evening which was held at P Tuckwells Ardleigh, Essex depot. Most were from Essex and south Suffolk and there was a mix of both long-established and more recent customers of the dealer. We were delighted with the attendance, said P Tuckwell director James Tuckwell. There is a great deal of respect and gratitude for everything Tom Glover has done for the farming community and the open evening was an excellent opportunity for those he has worked with over the years to express their appreciation and to wish him all the best for his retirement. The open evening started at 7pm and guests enjoyed a hog roast and a bar, the opportunity for those in the industry to get together socially enjoyed by visitors. It was a great evening, said James adding that the last guests departed well after midnight. John Deere UK managing director Richard Johnson gave an address in which he acknowledged Toms dedication and loyalty to the John Deere brand and its customers, and P Tuckwell managing director Paul Tuckwell also paid tribute to the retiring sales managers contribution over the years. Another member of staff receiving an award was group service director Colin Coombes who celebrated 50 years employment with P Tuckwell last year. The evening was also a perfect opportunity to celebrate the dealers ongoing success representing the John Deere brand and two awards for excellence were presented; one for the dealer as a combine specialist and the other for its specialisation in sprayers. The awards make P Tuckwell a John Deere certified specialised dealership in these very complex product ranges and it is the only UK dealer to hold the awards for both products. We are very proud to have received these awards which recognise our commitment to these product ranges and the resources which we have dedicated to them, said James, and to be the only dealer awarded both can only reaffirm to our customers that we are doing everything we can to make sure we provide the expertise and back-up they need. Above: John Deere UK managing director Richard Johnson(left) presents an award to retiring dealer manager Tom Glover. New products on show from John Deere included the latest additions to the 7R series as well as a 6RC series tractor with a front loader, both supplied for the evening by John Deere. New models from JCB on display were 560-80 and 531-70 Loadalls and a 434 wheeled loader. Machinery and specialists from many of the dealers other suppliers were also present at the evening, including; Gregoire Besson, Muthing, Lynx, Zurn, McConnel, Bailey and Kverneland. Visitors made the most of the evening to find out about the latest products and to discuss their requirements for the coming year, explained James. Our sales specialists Paul Coffey and Martin Seabrook were kept busy all evening and received many enquiries and the lawn and garden products were in demand too. James said the evening was a total success; It was most enjoyable for everyone who attended and Tom was very pleased with the response. He has been handing over his customers to other members of our sales team over the past few years in preparation for his retirement but his calm nature and ambassadorial qualities will be missed, both by colleagues and his many loyal customers. Paul Tuckwell (left) presents an award in recognition of 50 years service to Colin Coombes. James Tuckwell (left) receives one of the two John Deere Excellence awards from Richard Johnson. A new John Deere 6110RC tractor being checked out by visitors to the event.