Loyal Wolseley UK staff mark 26 years

Karen Ward, Jackie Neesom and Estelle Fulford (S)
Karen Ward, Jackie Neesom and Estelle Fulford (S)

Karen Ward, Jackie Neesam and Estelle Fulford joined the company on 7 July 1986, back when Chris de Burgh was number one with ‘Lady in Red’ and Kylie and Jason got married in Neighbours.

Almost three decades later, secretary Karen, administrator Jackie and accounts clerk Estelle are still with Wolseley UK, based in the Ripon office.

Karen Ward, who travels in from Teesside to get to work each day said: “It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has passed. I haven’t known anything other than Wolseley UK, although I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else because I really love my job. I remember feeling very pleased when I got the job here – unemployment was high back then – and I’ve had a really fulfilling career.

“It would be fair to say that Estelle, Jackie and I have become firm friends over the years, as I have with many of the people working at Wolseley UK and it feels like we didn’t just join a firm, we became part of a family.”

Estelle Fulford added: “I’ve worked in nearly every department at Ripon and have enjoyed my time here. Like Jackie and Karen I see this as my other family, I have made a lot of friends over the years and I am still good friends with some of the people who have left the business.”