CHARTER Freightlines staff members had their last hurrah yesterday with the company closing after 45 years on the road.
The truck drivers had a barbecue to mark the final day of the company in Tamworth, with everyone re-employed with Carey’s Freight Lines.
The company employed four permanent drivers, two casuals and a manager in Tamworth.
“It is a sad time because it’s a shame to see the company fold up,” manager Darryl Collister said.
Mr Collister, a driver of 20 years, said he’d been the manager with Charter Freightlines for nine years and had good memories of the company.
“I’ve worked with a great bunch of blokes,” he said.
“You couldn’t wish for a better bunch of drivers and it’s a great bunch of customers who were always understanding of any little problems.”
The employees will start work with Carey’s on Monday and Tuesday.
The employees and a small number of customers gathered at the depot yesterday to farewell the company with a barbecue and refreshments.