Abels’ quartet are drivers in a million

Kevin Baker, Duncan Perry, Tony Frior and Graham Ling are drivers in a million – and have got international diplomas to prove it.

To qualify for the award, commercial vehicle drivers must have exemplary driving records of at least 20 years – 15 of which must have been in international service – covering a minimum of a million kilometres.

Philip Pertoldi spoke of his pride in having such a loyal, skilled workforce. “This is a superb achievement. It speaks volumes for the high standards set by our company, and achieved by our employees, that the only four UK recipients of the Diplôme d’honneur work for Abels.”

East Harling’s Kevin Baker had never been out of Norfolk before joining Abels in 1988 – but he certainly made up for it in the next 22 years! He even met his wife Emma at Abels, where she worked for six years as a PA.

Illness has kept Huntingdon-based Duncan Perry away from the wheel for over a year. Married to Debbie, he also joined Abels in 1988. He recalled being so impressed by the quality of Abel’s vehicles at a Driver of the Year competition that when he saw Abels’ advert for drivers he jumped at the chance.

Brandon-based Tony Frior joined Abels as a driver in 1985. He and his wife Elaine live at Watton. Tony’s 25 years with Abels were marked with a long service certificate and a gift of a home computer.

Graham Ling, from Saham Toney, joined Abels straight from school in July 1979. He also received a 30-year certificate from Mr Pertoldi.