A CONSTRUCTION company site manager has hung up his hard hat after more than four decades.

Banbury man Pete Stacey, who worked for Wantage-based Stepnell for 42 years, is retiring.

The 66-year-old has worked in the building business for 51 years in total, having started as a 15-year-old apprentice carpenter with Brackley Builders.

Stepnell said he had been an 'outstanding' site manager.