FORMER draughtswoman at the Barnoldswick Rolls-Royce site, Dolly Pratt, now 100, has been presented with a commemorative engine symbol to mark the 80th anniversary of the factory.

A small group of volunteers planned a family day celebration earlier in July where employees could take their families on a tour of the site followed by a range of activities at Rolls-Royce Leisure. Over 500 employees and family and friends attended factory tours with the highlight being a RB211-535 engine on display which will now be based on site for the next five years. 

Dolly was a special guest and was handed the commemoration by Executive Vice President for Compressors, Nigel Bird. All employees received a commemorative keyring designed by an employee’s child. Activities included a Merlin engine demonstration, a static Spitfire display, live music, community choir and a 1940s swing band with lots of STEM and fun activities. Proceeds went to chosen charities.