At the end of 2014, Hastings-based upholstery manufacturer Collins and Hayes will bid farewell to Bruce Cowen, who has worked for 32 loyal years as the company's area sales manager and, more recently, its agent in the South-west of England.

Bruce’s career in the furniture trade totals more than 50 years, starting with a three-year retail apprenticeship at Hatchers in Taunton, followed by 15 years at Relyon Beds, of which 11 years were spent as a representative on the South Coast. Bruce recently commented: “I have been on the road for over 43 years! God knows how many miles I have done.”

Bruce will be greatly missed at Collins and Hayes, and the company wishes him a long and happy retirement with his wife Debby, and hopes he enjoys many hours on his beloved boat, Jumanah.