Dawson's family fun day celebrates 75 years
FAMILY-run firm AV Dawson was joined by 400 employees and their families at a special event to mark its 75th birthday.
The fun day was held at Hutton Rudby Cricket club and entertained all ages with giant inflatables, archery and a climbing wall.
The family fun day was a thank you to all staff for their contribution to the company’s success and also raised £400 for The Great North Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes charities.
The event also featured AV Dawson’s impressive trucks which showed off the company’s different liveries and equipment types. The guest of honour was the company’s specially commissioned 75th anniversary truck which was driven by Bob King – the company’s longest serving driver.
Company chairman, Maurice Dawson, was presented with a beautiful painting of the iconic Transporter Bridge, which celebrated 100 years in 2012, and reflected the significant and historic roots the bridge has on Teesside as well as strong parallels with AV Dawson’s own position within the local community.
The picture, entitled Roots, was painted by Jude Nolan, an art student from Middlesbrough’s Trinity Catholic College and Sixth Form, and will have pride of place in AV Dawson’s commercial headquarters at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Park.
Gary Dawson, managing director, said: “Our employees have played a huge part in our success. The fun day was a truly memorable day and a wonderful opportunity to thank our staff and their families for supporting us over the first 75 years.”
The company has come a long way since Arthur ‘Vernie’ Dawson started it with £50 and a horse called Dina.
AV Dawson is now one of the country’s leading multi-modal specialists and offers a range of bespoke haulage, shipping, warehouse and rail solutions. It has expanded into new markets, such as the buoyant offshore energy market, and has recently invested £10m in a major infrastructure expansion programme.
It includes the new TRIP (Tees Riverside Intermodal Park) which has a direct link to the East Coast Mainline, and the creation of a new deepwater quay, which will allow for much bigger offshore vessels to dock at its 24 hour quayside.