Feb 4 2010 by Dave Goodban, Chester Chronicle
A DEDICATED Airbus employee was honoured at a special event for community heroes at 10 Downing Street.
Terry Dillon, 56, was accompanied by his wife of more than 30 years, Sue, and Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami when he met Gordon Brown on Thursday evening.
The reception was held to recognise the contributions of teachers, health workers, volunteers and union activists.
Terry, of Blackbrook Avenue, Hawarden, has worked for Airbus for 30 years, and for the last three has been a convenor, representing the interests of thousands of his 7,000 colleagues at Broughton.
He said: “It was a nice evening and we made a weekend of it. On the Thursday we met Mark Tami in the Parliament bar and had a drink with him before going to Downing Street.
“We met Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling and his wife, who were both really friendly and chatty. We had photos taken then had a tour of Number 10, which was very interesting. I was very impressed.”
Mr Tami said: “Terry has been a crucial part of the Airbus family, ensuring workers are represented properly and helping to get vital work for the Broughton facility.
“I was delighted to introduce him and Sue to the Prime Minister during their visit to Downing Street.
“Terry was there as a representative of the 7,000 Airbus workers who have made a massive contribution to the UK economy over the years.”
He added: “The Prime Minister understands the incredible value of the Broughton Airbus plant. He was delighted to be able to meet Terry.”