Beatson Clark’s Production Director Dave Armitage was honoured at last Friday’s SGT annual dinner and dance.

Mr Armitage was given the Society of Glass Technology’s (SGT) Yorkshire Section Award which is designed to acknowledge the exceptional contribution made by a person to any aspect of glass technology, glass art of the glass industry in the Yorkshire, UK area.

Mr Armitage has worked in the glass manufacturing industry for 48 years.

He started at Beatson Clark as an electrical apprentice and progressed as a single line engineer, single line foreman, electrical engineer, production manager and then production director in 2006.

Marc Brew, Acting Chairman of the SGT’s Yorkshire Section, said: “Mr Armitage has a reputation for helping and encouraging younger people in their careers and I would like him to come up and be presented with the award.”

The 154 people attending the event at Oulton Hall, Leeds, UK were from local glassworks including Beatson Clark and Stoelzle, members of the British Glass association and suppliers to the industry. Glass International also attended.

Attendees had earlier toasted Margaret Flower, the Yorkshire Section Chairman, who passed away in August this year as a result of cancer.

She had been on the Society’s Analytical and Properties Committee for 14 years and took over the chairmanship in May 2014.

Mr Brew said: “At her funeral one of the eulogies made reference to the fact that if you want somebody to join a committee make sure they are busy – they are the ones who will do a good job for you.

“Margaret was always busy with her work, the SGT, her family and her interests. She did a great job for us and will be sorely missed.”

The event was sponsored by UK suppliers including Pennine Industrial, Parkinson-Spencer Refractories, Fives Stein, Graphoidal, Sheppee International, Pro-Sight, Groupe Rondot and Stoelzle.

Pictured: Dave Armitage (left) receives the award from Russell Hand, SGT President.