SHE has lasted in the same pub for longer than Bet Lynch did in the Rovers Return on Coronation Street.
For today, Linda Bailey celebrates her 30th anniversary working at the Friendly Forrester pub on Martongate, Bridlington.
Starting out working as a waitress at the newly opened pub in 1982, Linda, 59, has remained at the Forrester ever since and has become a fixture behind the bar.
“I’ve always loved the job, it’s very social work and you really get to know the people who come in here,” said Linda.
“I’ve got lots of nice memories; I remember the day the pub opened with the lord mayor, and lots of other things that have happened since – up to the bungee jumping we did last week. Although I never had a go at that!”
Linda, who has two daughters with her husband Colin – Karen, 33, and Christine, 31 – has also been actively involved with the Forrester’s football club throughout her time working there.
“That is one of the standout memories of my time; I have always enjoyed being part of the football club,” she said.
“I have served as treasurer and secretary and I am getting back into it next season to help fund-raise, while Colin was a player and manager with the team in the past.”
Linda thanked all the staff she has worked with over the years, and said that there are still a few more years left for her at the pub.
“As long as I am enjoying myself, I will carry on here,” continued Linda.
“It has gone so quickly – I can’t believe how fast. There are still some regulars who have been coming in as long as the Forrester has been open, and plenty of others who have been coming in for a long time. We have some lovely customers.
“The job has definitely changed quite a bit, but we are lucky that we’re still a very popular place for people to come.”