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JCB veteran John Wheeldon dies aged 87

One of the first people to work for recycling and construction plant manufacturer JCB has died aged 87.

John Wheeldon (pictured) joined JCB in 1948, and was only the sixth person recruited by company founder Joseph Cyril Bamford.

Wheeldon taught current company chairman Lord Bamford how to drive JCB machines.

He went on to become JCB’s first demonstrator, before setting up its training school and later becoming visits manager. He retired in 1990, later returning part-time as a tour guide.

Lord Bamford said: “I knew John from when I was a very young child because he was one of the first people my father employed. He was a true gentleman and a very loyal employee. My sympathies go out to Jane and all the family at what is a very sad time.”

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