Biker Norman celebrates 40 years with Spalding food firm

Norman Beckett with wife Alison, HR manager Sharon Steley (left) and operation division manager George Dickson.
Norman Beckett with wife Alison, HR manager Sharon Steley (left) and operation division manager George Dickson.

Classic motorbike racer Norman Beckett has been rewarded for his 40 years’ service in the food industry with the perfect gift.

Long-time biker Norman (58), who only took up racing six years ago, was given an all-expenses paid trip to Brands Hatch for a British Superbike weekend in October by his firm, Addo Food Group.

Norman has notched up 40 years in a business that’s changed hands several times, starting out at Ruskington Bacon Factory – then owned by George Adams – before switching to the Low Fulney Spalding Bakery site.

He met his wife, Alison, while working at Ruskington and the couple, who live in Spalding, have two sons, Matthew (21) and Ashley (18).

“My first role was just to mix pastry for pork pies and sausage rolls,” said Norman, who is now a process technologist working with the development team from concept to finished product.

The firm has been known variously as Tulip, Kerry Foods, Pork Farms and Addo, but one thing more than anything else has kept Norman loyal to the job.

He loves a challenge and says the constant challenges have maintained his interest over the years.

Company HR manager Sharon Steley said: “Through Norman’s years of experience he has developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise within the pastry category. Norman is always happy to share this knowledge by running master classes within the Addo Food Group and our retail customers.”

Norman’s passion for bikes began when he was a teenager.

He said: “I have been riding bikes since I was about 14, when we started off in the fields.”

Norman would fettle and spanner bikes for his brother-in-law before someone gave him the chance to race.

He belongs to the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club, racing bikes from the 70s, and “has come 5th or 6th” in the championship.