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Car salesman Michael Hetherton gears up for retirement after 44 years
A MALTON salesmen is looking forward to an active retirement after 44 years with the same company.
Michael Hetherton joined Malton Motors in February 1969 as Vauxhall sales manager at the age of 22.
“It was a chance meeting with the then owner Denis Norbury in the Green Man Hotel that led to my appointment,” he said.
“In October 1971, I travelled to the Earls Court Motor Show with Denis to sign a contract with BMW to distribute their products in the Malton, York and East Coast areas.
“We sold nine BMWs in our first 12 months and I was fortunate to go as BMW’s guest to the Munich Olympics in September 1972.”
Michael was appointed sales director in 1975 and from then until his retirement last week delivered about 5,250 BMWs.
Now aged 66, Michael said he had a number of plans for his retirement, including visiting his daughter Jemima, who has lived in Australia since 2004. “I’ve cycled or walked to work for the past 20 years and now intend to walk across the Pyrenees with John Woodall, who recently retired from Woodalls, and sail a boat to the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle,” he said.
“On a more local level, I hope to complete all 221 Corbetts – peaks in Scotland that are between 2,500 and 3,000 feet – before my 70th birthday.”