STAFF at the Co-operative in Masham have been bidding a fond farewell to their long-serving colleague who has retired after 44 years at the same store.
Elizabeth Kenyon, who was born and bred in Masham but now lives in Ripon, started her career as a customer services adviser before working her way up to supervisor at the Co-operative food store on Park Street
She said: “Over the years I have worked with some great people and have seen many changes but I will always have good memories of working for the Co-operative.”
A retirement party was held at the store where Elizabeth was joined by her colleagues and was presented with a bouquet of flowers and vouchers.
In her retirement, she is planning to spend more time enjoying her hobby of marshalling at motorbike racing events around the country.
Store manager David Slater said: “Elizabeth has been great to work with and a fantastic ambassador for the Co-operative. She always went out of her way to help customers, many of whom she has grown up with, especially older people for whom she helped pack their bags and take their shopping to their cars for them.
“I am sure both the staff and customers will all be sad to see her go but we all wish her a very happy and well-deserved retirement.”