Following in Dad's Footsteps

Father and son clock up 23 years at the AA

Paul and Peter Walsh from Hessle in Hull are both united in their passion for cars and motoring. So much so that when an opportunity arose for Peter to follow in his dad's career footsteps, he jumped at the chance to become an AA patrol.

Between them, Paul and Peter have notched up 23 years at the AA. Paul has worked for the AA for 19 years and is the second-longest serving member in the Hull area. Peter has worked for the AA for the past four years.

They both cover the central Hull area in their role as AA patrols, but can find themselves travelling much further a field when dealing with breakdown recovery jobs.

Paul and Peter are the only father and son partnership to work as patrolman for the AA in the North of England – and are one of only five such teams in the UK.

Paul Walsh, aged 54, said: "I have always worked in the motor trade, ever since I left school. I love my job as an AA patrol as every day is different – we deal with a wide variety of jobs and come into contact with some really interesting people."

Paul said that the partnership with his son works well as they are often on shift at the same times and can call on each other for help.

Peter Walsh, aged 27, added: "When an opportunity came up to join the AA I jumped at the chance. I had always seen how much dad had enjoyed his work and it helps that we are both car fanatics and very social people. It's brilliant working with my dad as I can always give him a call if I need a hand."

The father and son team's passion for cars isn't restricted to providing roadside assistance for motorists. Peter is going on holiday to Le Mans later this month to watch motor racing, and they both enjoy refurbishing cars.

The AA is the UK's leading breakdown service with more dedicated patrols than any other UK roadside assistance provider. The AA employs around 3,000 patrols across the UK.


13 June 2007