AFTER 48 years of travel to and from Derby, Ashbourne engineer Peter Poyser is looking forward to a slightly more leisurely pace of life now he has retired.
Peter, 63, started his career with Rolls-Royce aged just 16, when he joined the company on a mechanical engineering apprenticeship.
After four years and successfully completing his training, he moved to the company's submarines business, where he was to spend the next 44 years.
Steve Hammond, director of submarines programmes said: "He is the only employee in Rolls-Royce to have worked on all three nuclear steam-raising plant designs.
"In between plant design, he was involved in a number of engineering development roles and has been very influential in the development of our young engineering community as we plan for the future.
"He has always been one of our 'go to' guys in the design area. He's been a great person to work with, will be long remembered at RR Submarines and we all wish him the very best for his retirement."
Peter is now planning to spend more time working on his allotment and, together with wife Sheila, learning to ballroom dance.
He said: "Sheila worked out that, over my working life, I have commuted more than 320,000 miles, so it's nice to be able to slow the pace down – but we still have plenty of travelling for pleasure planned.
"Next month, we are off to Scotland, and we're looking forward to some sunshine when we go away in October too."
Rolls-Royce presented Peter with an official RR watch as a retirement gift, and his work colleagues clubbed together to buy him a shed for his allotment.
Peter was an active union member his career and was given a Kobo eReader by his friends in Unite.