Linda celebrates after 50 years at King's Lynn M&S
It's 50 not out for Linda Green who is celebrating half-a-century working at the Lynn branch of Marks and Spencer.
And at the age of 70, Linda has no immediate plans for retirement, continuing to work two days at week at the High Street store. She also helps look after her 18-month-old granddaughter, Cerys two days a week so has a busy life.
Achieving 50 years of service with the famous retailer, puts the Dersingham grandmother among an elite band of 26 M&S employees across the country clocking up a golden record.
As Wretton-born Linda looked back over her long service, she admits that she little thought when she started work as the store as a 20-year-old sales assistant, that she would still be at the same store five decades later.
"The years have just flown by . When I celebrated my 40the anniversary I was invited to open a new extension to the Lynn store and I can't believe that was 10 years ago," she said.
She said that she has seen many changes within the store in its internal design and décor and in display styles. There had also been many changes of management and sales staff.
"I have always believed that our clothes are of high quality and represent good value for money. When my daughter, Sarah, was born 42 years ago, I bought myself an M&S dressing gown and I have still got it," she said.
Her loyal, long service has been officially recognised by M&S London HQ management with a presentation. There were other gifts from her Lynn store colleagues.
In March, her celebrations continue when she and her auctioneer husband, Mike, will be given the VIP treatment when they travel to London for a presentation at the company's HQ. This will include seats at a top London show, a meal at a smart restaurant and overnight stay in a top hotel.
"Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside my colleagues. It is like being part of an extended family really. Some other Lynn staff have been at the store for many years including one who is also about to achieve 50 years," she said.
Although she has worked in all departments, Linda can now more usually be found on the checkout in the store's food hall.
"It is lovely that I have been able to get to know the more regular customers. I always like to treat customers with courtesy and respect, to be treated the way I would expect to be treated," she said.
Linda said that she particularly wanted to thank her colleagues for their friendship and support over the years. "I couldn't have achieved this milestone without them," she said.
Nick Smith, a manager at the Lynn store, paid tribute to Linda's long service. "Linda has been an amazing member of staff for the last 50 years. She has worked across every department of the store and is a highly valued member of our team," he said.