Burgess Hill mechanic hangs up his tools

Mansour Rezazadeh is a mechanic and one of the oldest MOT testers in Sussex at the age of 67 and currently works at Fairplace Service Station. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150113-044754001
Mansour Rezazadeh is a mechanic and one of the oldest MOT testers in Sussex at the age of 67 and currently works at Fairplace Service Station. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150113-044754001

A mechanic who is deemed the ‘heart of Burgess Hill’ is at long last retiring at the age of 67.

Mansour Rezazadeh, who works at Fairplace Service Station in London Road, is thought to be one of the oldest MOT testers in Sussex.

But his daughter, Parisa Rezazadeh-Wells who also lives in Burgess Hill, said he is much more than ‘just’ a mechanic.

“My father has been working there for 30 years and is the heart of the town, he has helped so many and is well loved and thought of by so many.

“He is due to finally retire this month and will be sorely missed by the public and deserves recognition for all his hard work and kindness.”

Mr Rezazadeh, who came to England from Iran in 1973, said he will be retiring at the end of January, but has no plans to stop his charity work.

“I love England,” he told the Middy.

“Maybe I will do some charity work. Any one who wants a hand – it is my pleasure.

“I’m happy to help the older people – helping them to go shopping or taking them to hospital. Anything I can do.”

The mechanic said he came to the UK to continue training to be a pilot, then he met his wife and ‘everything changed’.

Now he said, he has his ‘own air force’ with two of his four children going into the profession.

Parisa said: “He has raised money for lots of charities and always collects money at the garage for the Poppy Appeal.

“He has fought so much in his time, with his lack of English and racism against his Persian roots but always remained strong and patriotic to the English monarchy, displaying the Union Jack outside the workshop and pictures of the monarchy in his office.

“People love his generosity and his willing to always help people, whether it’s giving elderly people lifts into town when he gets a spare five minutes or making people feel at ease whilst at the workshop.

“He has helped so many young men with starting their careers as a mechanic and if it wasn’t for him, they wouldn’t be where they are today.”