JUKEBOXES: Sound Leisure’s Tevendale retires
Sound Leisure’s long-serving sales manager Alastair Tevendale is closing his sales book for good and heading for retirement after 54 years in the business.
Tevendale was just 17 years old when he got his first job at High Fidelity and 54 years later is now leaving his job as technical sales manager at Sound Leisure.
“I joined Hi Fidelity Sound in Leeds age 17,” said Tevendale “After three years High Fidelity was purchased by Music Hire. Two years after the acquisition I left and joined the Ditchburn Organisation where I stayed for three years before leaving and re-joining Music Hire Group in Leeds. I was with Music Hire/Kunick then for 30 years before joining Alan at Sound Leisure where I have been for 16 great years.
“My time with Sound Leisure has been phenomenal. It has been a privilege to be associated with such a wonderful organisation and I will be forever grateful to Alan Black for offering me a position in the team in the first place all those years ago,” he added. “Chris and Mike Black, Joanne, my colleagues in the Sales department and all the guys in the factory are the people that make this company so special. Thank you.”
“We are very sorry to say goodbye to Al who has been such a valuable member of the Sound Leisure team and a great ambassador for the brand – he has travelled all over to see customers who over the years have appreciated his knowledge and commitment and many have become good friends,” said Chris Black, managing director of Sound Leisure. “We will all miss Alastair’s dry wit, his modesty, kindness and his vast knowledge of everything to do with jukeboxes. It has genuinely been a pleasure working alongside him and we all wish him the very best and hope he will remain a regular visitor to the factory.”
“During the years that I have been on the road in this industry I have met some fantastic people,” concluded Tevendale. “All I can say is that I have valued your friendship greatly and in due course it is my intention to get in my car and start a ‘Grand Tour’ of this wonderful country this time not sell you anything – thank you all.”