AFTER more than 30 years of helping to clean clothes, the longest serving employee of a dry cleaning firm has decided to head off into retirement.
Lynne Longthorn has removed the crease from her final pair of trousers on Saturday after she let Johnson Cleaners, in Ashby High Street, for the final time yesterday after 31 years.
Mrs Longthorn, of Ashby, has seen many changes at the firm since she first joined in 1983 but admitted that she would not ‘change any of it for the world’.
She told the Mail: “Although I am sad to bid Johnson Cleaners goodbye, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Johnson Cleaners and would do it all again given the chance.
“I’ll miss my wonderful team and dear customers who never fail to make me smile.”
She joined the store in Ashby on March 7, 1983, when the store was ‘Sketchley’.
Since then, Mrs Longthorn has stayed firmly in place, while the store changed to ’Minuet’, ‘Timpson’, ‘Super Snaps’ and, in recent years, Johnson Cleaners.
A spokesman for the firm said: “Johnson Cleaners would like to congratulate Lynne Longthorn who, after 31 years of service on Ashby’s High Street, has decided to head off and enjoy her retirement.
“Lynne has worked for the company through several changes which has seen it go from offering laundry and ironing service, alterations and repairs to now offering a range of services that includes shoe repairs, key cutting, curtain and duvet cleaning, carpet and rug cleaning, wedding dress and formal wear cleaning, suede and leather cleaning and motorcycle leathers cleaning.”
Mrs Longthorn was also praised by bosses at the firm for her role in helping with the installation and roll out of a new procedure called GreenEarth, which the firm describe as a ‘safe, natural by-product of sand that doesn’t chemically interact with fabrics’.
Asked how she will spend her retirement, Mrs Longthorn revealed that she had not yet decided and was still making plans.
However, she insisted that if she would not be a ‘stranger’ to the shop and would regularly return to visit colleagues and former customers as well as saying, with a wry smile, that she also will be heading back if she ever needs any help out ‘ironing out any creases’ in her clothes
More information about the firm is available at www.johnsoncleaners.com