Sun, 20 Sept 2015
FOR Brightwalton farm worker Donald Heavon this year's Berkshire Show was a particularly special one after he was presented with an award for working on the same West Berkshire farm for 46 years.
Mr Heavon was presented with the Royal Berkshire Show's Long Service Award on Sunday morning after spending his entire working life at M M Whidborne and sons, starting at the farm when he was just 16-years-old.
After being given the award Mr Heavon said: "It's lovely to be recognised.
"I've spent my entire working life at the farm so I'm very proud."
The 61-year-old began his career in 1969 working 16 to 17 hour days on a 60 horsepower tractor in 1969.
With three other workers he would farm an area of 500 acres.
He explained that over the years he has seen the industry change significantly with technology now playing a vital part in his day to day tasks and now works with two other workers on a site covering 1500 acres.
"It's changed a lot," he said.
"It's route is programmed in these days so the tractor almost does it automatically.
"Although I tend not to use it if I'm honest because I feel like I know the ground better than the tractor."
And despite more than four decades in the job and the changes brought about by technology Mr Heavon said he has no intention of calling it a day just yet.
He said: "I need to be outside I get claustrophobic otherwise.
"I still love it, you're doing something different everyday so I don't think I'll be stopping."