AFTER nearly 40 decades of service to one firm, a woman loved by her colleagues and customers celebrated her retirement with those who made her work life special.
Sixty-six-year-old Myra Andrews, who worked at the Tesco Metro in Leigh Park, was joined by staff members and friends as she toasted to her time at the store.
She said the friends for life she’s made working at a store full of community spirit has kept her going in the job for such a long time.
Speaking at her party, Myra, who lived in Waterlooville before moving to Leigh Park 40 years ago, said: ‘I never expected to be at Tesco this long. I worked here for six years and then left and came back for another 32.
‘I’ve worked on the night team and on the checkouts.
‘The people I’ve had around me are definitely the reason I’ve stayed so long.
‘I’ve made some friends for life and I shall miss them terribly, along with the customers I’ve got to know – I’ve even watched some of their children grow up.’
Myra didn’t really want to stop working at the store, but feels it’s the right time.
She added: ‘There’s been a few sad times, we lost one of our staff members who was only 19 at the time, but we stuck together as we always do when anyone’s feeling down.
‘I’m so grateful my colleagues threw me a party, they made me a photo album full of memories as well
‘I’m looking forward to enjoying more time with my husband, and I’ll still pop in for a coffee and a chat with everyone.’
Sally Courtney, 59, worked alongside Myra for 29 years at the shop. She said: ‘We’ll all miss Myra lots, she’s a good friend of mine.
‘It’s been a laugh to work alongside her because she’s very chatty and will talk to anyone – that’s why the customers and staff love her so much.’