FOUR colleagues at Hughes Mercedes-Benz and Hughes Jeep in Beaconsfield are celebrating a century of loyal service.

Phil Da Silva (30 years), David Ward (20 years) and Ruth Ford (20 years) work for the Hughes Mercedes-Benz and Paul Screen (30 years) at Hughes Jeep.

Mr Da Silva, who works as a service driver, began his career at the dealership as a car valeter.

He is described by colleagues as a “great asset to the team” and praised for his knowledge of the surrounding areas meaning he is able to “determine the most direct route to collect and deliver customers’ cars.”

Painter Mr Ward “makes a mean cup of tea” according to Paul Pittman, bodyshop manager, who added: “He has a lot of great qualities and he is a valuable member of our small team of painters”.

Administrator Ruth Ford has taken on many new duties over the 20 years as her role has grown and developed and has been described as the “heartbeat of the dealership”.

Paul Screen is a service and diagnostic technician at Hughes Jeep Beaconsfield, who is described as “a font of all knowledge when it comes to Jeep products new and old”, according to service manager Keith Tegg.

Simon Eggs, Hughes Mercedes-Benz market area director, said: “All four colleagues have not only demonstrated loyalty; they have ensured that they keep learning and developing despite having decades of experience.

“All are key members of the team and very popular with customers and colleagues.”