THERE has been something missing at Sainsbury’s, in Burton, in recent weeks, because for the first time in its 44-year history in the town, Pat Hughes has not been there.
The stalwart has called time on her career at the Union Street supermarket which saw her work her way up from the checkout to a senior role.
The 67-year-old, from Balfour Street, Horninglow, was given a special send off at the store in recognition in more than four decades that she gave to the supermarket.
Beginning work shortly after the store opened in 1970, she said the fact she enjoyed her job so much meant she had never considered doing anything else.
She told the Mail: “I had seen it advertised and went for an interview and got it straight away. I just liked it, I liked been on the tills and being with all the girls there.”
But she wouldn’t remain on the tills for long, with management noticing her potential for a more senior role at the store.
“The manager asked me if I wanted to move into the office to do all the scheduling and I then moved up to admin and I enjoyed it,” she said.
Unfortunately, due to declining health over the past 12 months, Ms Hughes felt it was the right time to call it quits.
She said: “I haven’t been well for the past 12 months so I thought it was best to finish.
“I would have liked to have stopped on longer, but unfortunately my health didn’t allow me to.”
Ms Hughes admitted that when she first walked through the supermarket’s doors in 1970 it was just another job to her, but it has since become a major part of her life.
She said: “I didn’t imagine I would be there for so long. But I have got to meet some lovely friends and have had some great colleagues and managers down the years.”