Barbara Turner, the longest serving member of Boots’ staff in Bury St Edmunds, has marked her 40th anniversary at the store.
Barbara started there on April 27, 1974 as 16-year-old school leaver Barbara Sturgeon.
She must have done well, because the following year customers nominated her for the Bury Free Press’ Super Servers Award and she was among 12 finalists from shop assistants all over town.
“I was well chuffed,” she recalled.
Since then she has worked in most departments and was on healthcare for 25 years before moving to the beauty side, where she now works.
She plans to stay a few more years.
“I’m happy in what I’m doing,” she said. “You meet so many people and we all have regular customers who come back to you.”
She has seen many changes in the store, not least because when she started it was in what is now WH Smith, two doors away.
“In the last five years the business has changed a lot because of internet shopping. We’ve got boots.com so if we haven’t got something we can order it for the customer.”
The online store means Boots often has items in stock centrally that are not available in store.