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“Last Musketeer” hangs up his keys

Pictured are John Oakes, front centre, flanked by his brothers


The last of a trio of brothers, dubbed the “three musketeers”, has finally retired from Morley-based quarry and recycling firm Mone Bros.

John Oakes, who together with recently retired brothers Geoff and Sav, had all been driving tipper lorries for a combined total of over 115 years.

John was given a fine send off by colleagues at the firm’s HQ on Albert Road in Morley with his brothers in attendance.

Mone Bros director Stephen Horsley said: “John and his brothers have been real stalwarts for Mone Brothers over the past four decades. Between them they’ve seen many changes along the way.

“They’ve driven noisy, draughty Haulamatic dumptrucks, air conditioned Hino & Scania trucks, Czechoslovakian left hand drive Tatras as well as Magirus Deutz wagons.

“We wish John all the very best for the future. He’ll always be welcome here along with his brothers.”

John said: “It was sad to leave all my friends behind but a new chapter beckons and I’m hoping to do some travelling with my wife, my real boss!”



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