A Seahouses recovery company has been given national recognition for its rescue work.
Beating off competition from more than 600 garages nationwide, AJK Thompson has been hailed the AA’s National Contractor of the Year at the motoring organisation’s Road Employee Awards 2014.
The company which employs 15 people at its Seahouses and Berwick branches, supports the AA’s own roadside service by carrying out roadside rescues with its fleet of specialist vehicles, including recoveries from Holy Island causeway.
The recovery company, which celebrates 40 years of trading this year, is contracted by the AA to assist in a 900 square mile area, from Dunbar in the north to Hadston in the south and Northumberland National Park to the west.
Owner Alex Thompson said: “I am very honoured to have received such a high award from the AA for the firm, but also for the recovery team, headed by Stephen Shell and main team member Jonathan Kerr, who do an outstanding job in providing the motoring public a service to be relied upon. Stephen’s motto is big enough to cope, small enough to care.”
Receiving the award, manager Pamela Shell said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won such a coveted, national award. Unlike many of our urban recovery counterparts who are based in high-density towns and cities, we are a rurally-based business, providing assistance to road users we have to travel up to 30 miles from both depots to assist, often in challenging terrains.”