Alan Meats retires


Alan Meats, a man liked and admired throughout the industry, is retiring after a long career in the Amusement Industry, which has seen him traveling all over Europe selling jukeboxes and other amusement equipment.

Alan has spent the last 13 years working for Sound Leisure in Leeds where he has run the export department. “We were very lucky to have Alan come and join us when he left Hazelgrove, I knew Alan from working alongside him at various European exhibitions and soon realized that he had the same work ethic as myself and that he loved the business that we all work in. Alan fitted in with the team at Sound Leisure perfectly from the minute he joined us and nothing was ever too much trouble. All of the team have really enjoyed working alongside him and we are all sad to see him go,” says Sound Leisure Managing Director Chris Black. “ However, everyone at Sound Leisure wishes Alan a very long and happy retirement. He definitely deserves a rest after the hours and amount of work he has put in over the years” 

Alan started his career as a TV engineer, after having attended technical college in Manchester. Ten years later, with a young family, he joined Hazel Grove Music operations department installing and repairing jukeboxes. Next Alan opened a sales depot in Bristol for the Cheshire-based company and this was when he first became involved in the many trade shows throughout Europe. Then when Hazel Grove was sold to Associated Leisure, Alan spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe selling reconditioned ex-site equipment.

“After 25 years when Hazel Grove (Superleague) was eventually sold to A.W. Hainsworth, I moved to Sound Leisure and back to jukeboxes,” says Alan. “It has been a great career and I enjoyed traveling all over Europe, although there were times when I missed my family, or found myself driving over the Alps to Italy in mid-winter wondering if I would ever arrive!

“The team at Sound Leisure are wonderful to work with and I would like to thank them and all my customers for making my job so enjoyable. Now I am going to make up for all those trips away from my family by spending more time with my grandchildren – especially as we have a new grandchild due to arrive at any moment.”

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trade shows will never be the same not seeing Alans smiling face and having a beer when we are all set up happy retirement alan

steve perkins
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29/08/2012, 14:02

I had the pleasure of working with Alan for 25 years and a more hardworking and dedicated person would be hard to find.
Enjoy your retirement Alan you deserve it. You will be a huge miss to the industry.
All my best wishes

Stan McKenna
Lifestyle Leisure
30/08/2012, 11:56

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