Sally Blake, Catering Assistant in the Place to Eat Restaurant at Glasswells, hung up her pinny for the last time on Friday, after 21 happy years at the family-run home furnishings store in Bury St Edmunds to spend some more quality time at home with her husband and grandchildren.
Sally joined the team in 1996 as a part-time waitress and, as the restaurant has expanded, so has Sally’s role. Assisting within all aspects of the catering business as required, from making sandwiches and hot food, to serving drinks cakes and even occasionally having to do the washing up, Sally has never been afraid to get stuck in. Paul Glasswell, Managing Director explained “Flexibility is key when running a busy restaurant and Sally’s positive, can-do attitude has helped us out no end of times. Her friendly smile and cheerful disposition has brightened the day for both our customers and her colleagues, and she has played a key part in making our Place to Eat restaurant a popular and enjoyable place to visit.”
Sally is taking an early retirement and is looking forward to enjoying some more time at home with her husband, Mick, her family, friends and four very special grandchildren. Sally said “I will miss all of my friends at Glasswells very much and thank them all for my lovely gifts. I look forward to popping in for a coffee soon and being on the other side of the counter for a change!” Mick retires from British Sugar this week, after 40 years’ service, and the couple are looking forward to celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary next year with an Alaskan cruise.
Mr Glasswell added “Sally is part of our ‘20 Year Club’, currently made up of around 30 members of staff totalling over 850 years’ service, plus 20 retired colleagues. 20 years is a significant milestone in employment terms and we thank Sally for her long service and loyalty to Glasswells. Although we are obviously sad to see Sally leave, we wish her a very long, happy and healthy retirement with her husband, Mick.”