AFTER a milestone forty years of service, a Bridlington woman is looking forward to her well earned retirement from a popular town centre store.
Jean Buckley, 64, of Bridlington, first started working for what was then known as Cast and Martin shoe shop in 1971, and has worked for the company, now called Pettit’s, on King Street, ever since.
“I’ve really enjoyed my job and I have lots of very happy memories, but I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends now,” said Jean, who got her first job at a shoe shop in 1961, at Cowley’s in Hull.
“I wasn’t allowed to serve any customers for the first six months, as back then you were taken on to be trained,” she said.
Jean completed two courses, one of them specialising in fitting children’s shoes, before going to live in Germany with her husband Steve, who was in the forces.
“I started at what was then Cast and Martin’s in Bridge Street in 1971, and then moved to the shop on King Street not long after, and I have been there ever since.
“You see a lot of changes doing the same job for so long, I’ve sold shoes to different generations of the same family and people get to know your face.
“One of the funniest memories I have is when the shop celebrated its 100 years at Cast and Martin in the 1980s.
“The manager, Mrs Martin, sent the staff away on a Dutch dash cruise as a celebration which was only meant to last a day.
“But because of some really bad weather, we got stuck for three nights and then on the way home, because the weather was so bad, we couldn’t sail into Hull so had to go on a detour to Middlesbrough instead.
“Mrs Martin kept saying she needed her staff back as she had a business to run!”
Jean, and her husband Steve, have two children, Chris and Rachel, and two grandsons, Oliver and Thomas.
“I can’t wait to have a lot of free time, see friends, and get to see as much of my family as I can,” said Jean.
Jean’s last shift is tomorrow, Good Friday, where she will hope to say goodbye to many familiar faces for the last time.