Big send off for Hartlepool GP surgery secretary after 31 years

Carole Fraser centre surrounded by colleagues on her final day at McKenzie House surgery

Carole Fraser centre surrounded by colleagues on her final day at McKenzie House surgery

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A much-loved secretary at a Hartlepool doctors surgery was given a warm send off when she retired after over 30 years.

Carole Fraser helped ensure the smooth running of McKenzie House, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool.

Carole, who lives in Seaton Carew, could have retired almost 12 years ago when she turned 60.

But she loved her job so much she carried on working.

Carole, 71, was given a big send off after 31 years by friends and colleagues on her last ever day on Friday.

She was presented numerous cards and gifts, including flowers and a book in which each member of staff wrote their own personal tribute.

Carole said: “I should have retired when I was 60 but I enjoyed it that much I carried on.

“It is why I stayed there so long. My last day was wonderful. I thought I was just one of the team but they all had so much to say about me.

“It was really touching and I didn’t expect it.”

Carole, who has two grown up children, Paul and Deborah, began work at Crinda House surgery in Sydenham Road before moving to McKenzie House in the late 90s.

She was the practice’s only secretary for many years.

On the night, over 30 colleagues, past and present, marked Carole’s leaving with a meal at Marco Polo restaurant in York Road.

Carole added: “Some of the old doctors and work mates were there.

“I’ve made a lot of friends over the years and will be keeping in touch.”

She is looking forward to spending time with her family including her three grandchildren.