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PAUL MIDDLETON SCOOPS 2ND PLACE AT UK WORKER OF THE YEAR

PAUL MIDDLETON SCOOPS 2ND PLACE AT UK WORKER OF THE YEAR

Paul Middleton, 35, a railway engineer from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, has been announced runner up in this year’s UK Worker of the Year competition, winning £2,000 in holiday vouchers.

Paul attended Brands Hatch over the weekend, along with five other finalists vying to become UK Worker of the Year, a competition run by globally recognised workwear brand Dickies. Paul missed out on this year’s prestigious title to homicide case worker Katie Washbourne, but is thrilled to have finished as runner up.

A delighted Paul commented: “When I arrived at Brands Hatch on Friday and met the other five finalists, I knew it was going to be a tough competition. I still can’t believe I’ve come 2nd in a national competition that attracts thousands and thousands of entries. I’d like to thank Dickies for the opportunity and the prize. My wife has always wanted to go to New Zealand to see her brother, so this may give us the perfect opportunity to do that.”

Paul is a mechanical foreman for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. He leads a team of staff and volunteers on a daily basis to restore and maintain the UK’s fleet of steam locomotives. His job involves welding, riveting, painting and much more. Paul is also able to drive diesel locomotives and is a qualified fireman.

Maurice Morton, sales and marketing director at Dickies said: “It’s been a fantastic competition and Paul deserves every bit of recognition he receives. I’d like to congratulate Paul and our other five finalists, who were all brilliant. We’ve never had a judging day that has been so close and where all of our finalists could have won the competition.”  

Paul missed out on this year’s title and a chance of a Kawasaki Ninja 300 or a £5,000 holiday and a year’s free shopping at ASDA. Third place went to builder Rebecca Rowlands, who left Brands Hatch with £1,000 in holiday vouchers. This year’s highly commended were motor vehicle lecturer Lisa Morgan, gymnastics coach and builder John Walsh and tree surgeon Harry Timms.