Chain’s longest-serving employee retires

Jennifer Bradley is retiring after 52 years at M&S. She is their longest serving member of staff in the UK. ''FL; Jenny Bradley is presented with a bunch of flowers from Steve Rowe retail director for M&S.
Jennifer Bradley is retiring after 52 years at M&S. She is their longest serving member of staff in the UK. ''FL; Jenny Bradley is presented with a bunch of flowers from Steve Rowe retail director for M&S.
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A LEADING UK retailer has said goodbye to its longest-serving UK employee, a committed 70-year-old woman from Bury St Edmunds.

Jennifer ‘Jenny’ Bradley retired from Marks and Spencer, in Bury, on Tuesday, after 52 years on the job.

To help give her the send off she deserved, her colleagues past and present were invited to the store in the Buttermarket for a celebration breakfast.

“I have always loved it here, the girls I work with are lovely – we’re one big happy family,” said Mrs Bradley, who has worked as deputy supervisor and sales adviser, and at one time worked alongside four of her sisters.

Richard Childs, store manager, said: “For me, the biggest thing about Jenny is how she’s kept her enthusiasm and passion for 52 years.

“She’s been a lovely person to work with and she’s definitely an asset that we’ll be sorry to lose.”

Tony Parry, head of region, said: “I think it’s an incredible achievement and what I’ve found with Jenny is that she’s such a warm and friendly person that she’s a pleasure to meet, and fantastic with customers – she talks about customers as though they’re members of her family.”

Mrs Bradley, known for her love of flowers, is looking forward to spending more time gardening and to going on more holidays.