Image courtesy of the Derbyshire Times

A 72-year-old grandmother — make that great grandmother — was Britain’s oldest offshore oil worker until her retirement last year.

Pat Thomson left her job as primary school teacher and joined BP in 1984.

She’s a fully-qualified materials engineer.

Until her retirement last year, she worked for 30 years on rigs in the Falkland Islands,  Gabon, and the North Sea.

“I decided to quit teaching as I wanted to go on an adventure, and I have always loved science. It was very scary, especially being the only female on a rig full of men,” she said.

“I had to share a cabin with four men, and use the same communal showers and toilets as them.”

Thomson made £700 a day on the rigs.

A video of her from the Derbyshire Times.


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