The owner of a Bury St Edmunds coffee house says her staff’s six decade age range brings the perfect mix of youth and experience.
Pauline Page, owner of the Scandinavia Coffee House, on Angel Hill, employs 11 staff – the oldest is 72-year-old Jean Carter, the youngest just 16.
Pauline said the blend of older and younger staff was of great benefit to the business.
She said: “We have a nice mixture of ages here. “I think our cust0mers really appreciate it.
“I think it is much nicer to have an age range because wherever you go out nowadays, it is always youngsters serving you.
“It is nice to have a mixture of staff – why should there be any ageism.
“Jean is a local lass who has lived in Thurston all her life.
“Anyone who comes in here seems to know her.”
Jean, who has worked at the shop for the past six years said she had no plans on moving on.
“It’s good because I get to keep up with the latest records and bits and pieces,” she said.
“I try and mix with the youngsters and go out with them on meals.
“ I’ll work here as long as I can and as long as Pauline wants me.
“I love the job because you get to meets lots of interesting people – you get all sorts in here.”