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Brian Edmed, kitchen porter, Junior Ranks Dining Centre at Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster, Wiltshire

Brian Edmed

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Brian Edmed, kitchen porter, Junior Ranks Dining Centre at Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster, Wiltshire.

Service: 50 years in October

Joined Sodexo from ESS but started initially with the MOD

Q. What was your first job?

A. My first job at this barracks was storeman and I transferred to being a kitchen porter on temporary contract, which has lasted a long time!

Q. Tell us about your Sodexo role and what you do every day?

A. I start at 6.30am. I work in the pan wash area mostly but I keep other areas clean too. Suzanne Moore, the catering manager, estimates that I have washed the kitchen floor 24,000 times!

Q. Do you enjoy it?

A. I do enjoy the job, which is why I am still doing it at the age of 73.

Q. How would you describe Sodexo as an employer?

A.  Very good. They look after you. I have to thank Sodexo for allowing me to work on after retirement age. I am still plodding on and in good health.

Q. How do you keep fit and active?

A.  I cycle to and from work every day – I only live five minutes away from the barracks now. I used to live seven miles from work and one year, in very heavy snow when public transport stopped, I decided to walk in… and walk home again.

Q. If you could pick any other job what would it be?

A. I have no idea… but probably something to do with music.

Q. Who is your greatest inspiration and why?

A. Winston Churchill, because of his leadership in the war.

Q. What are your interests outside work?

A. My main interest is in blues and soul music because the songs tell a story. I go to music fairs to add to my collection of between 2,000 and 3,000 original vinyl albums, some of them quite rare recordings. I play them for an hour every night. I have modern speakers and turntable but a 40 or 50 year-old amplifier which is still great to use – but only at half volume or it would take the roof off!

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