Malcolm still enjoys work after three decades of nights

LOYAL: Night porter Malcolm Bowman, right, front, receives a plaque recognising 30 years at The Swan Hotel in Lavenham in front of colleagues.
LOYAL: Night porter Malcolm Bowman, right, front, receives a plaque recognising 30 years at The Swan Hotel in Lavenham in front of colleagues.
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A Lavenham man was recognised for his dedication on Friday after chalking up 30 years as a night porter at a hotel.

Malcolm Bowman, 63, from Meadow Close, was presented with a watch and plaque by colleagues at a champagne reception at The Swan Hotel in High Street.

He said that, despite his backwards working day running from 11pm to 7am, he still enjoyed the job he had been doing for three decades.

Mr Bowman said: “I have always been one to enjoy working on my own – I know what I have got to do and I get on and do it.

“The responsibility for the entire hotel and all the guests is quite good – I have to think on my feet if there is a problem.”

Mr Bowman, who met his wife Valerie while working at the hotel, said: “It is quite strange having been there all this time. Things have evolved and nothing stands still.”

He said he has no plans to retire after his recent milestone.

“As long as I am fit and healthy and enjoy the job, I will keep going,” said Mr Bowman.

“You are never too old to be a night porter.

“I go to bed at breakfast and wake up to dinner. Not everybody can do it – you have to be a little different I think.”

Ingo Wiangke, general manager at The Swan, said: “In his many years, Malcolm has seen a great number of changes and people come and go.

“He is a valued member of our team and some of our regular guests know him by name.

“We would like to thank him for his many years of dedication and hope he will continue with us for many years to come.”