It’s been a busy year so far for John Jempson & Son Ltd. On September 6, football legend Sir Geoff Hurst presented Jempsons Managing Director Mark Chamberlain and British Gypsum Contract Manager Stephen Parker with two very special vehicles at Wembley Stadium.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup and also MAN’s centenary, 66 MAN TGX “66 Legends” vehicles were produced, two of which were secured by Jempsons. Mark and Stephen were thrilled to meet Sir Geoff and receive the special trucks, which feature unique exterior badging, internal improvements and personalised 66 registration plates. Sir Geoff even signed one of the doors. Jempsons employees Peter Wood and Brian Oliver were the lucky pair to win a competition to drive the new additions to the fleet.
Meanwhile, to formally mark Jempsons’ 150th anniversary, the great and the good of the trucking world gathered at London’s Cavalry And Guards Club on August 20. The bash, sponsored by MAN Truck & Bus UK, saw MD Mark and Chairman Jonathan Jempson don their best suits to quaff bubbles with their loyal employees, clients and some big names in the industry, including MAN MD Simon Elliott.
Guests supped Ayala Champagne and dined on pea soup followed by steak and stout pie and rounded off with raspberry crème brûlée. They also were treated to tricks by magician Dan Farrant and a set by hilarious Welsh/Italian comedian Rod Woodward. Jonathan, Mark and Simon also took to the mic to say a few words.
After dinner, revellers retired to the downstairs bar before hopping into taxis to take their weary feet home. The exception being a few hardcore employees who took the party elsewhere and celebrated into the early hours…
Mark says, “It was good to catch up with so many staff, suppliers, customers, family and friends. From the photographic evidence everyone had a good time and enjoyed the entertainment!”