A COOK with more than 33 years experience made her final school meal yesterday – on the day she celebrated her 60th birthday.
School chiefs say Hilary Moore has been an “integral part of the team” at West Park Primary School, in Hartlepool, for the last 20 years.
Before that she enjoyed stints at various other town schools including Eldon Grange Primary School and High Tunstall College of Science.
But yesterday Hilary worked her final shift and admitted she is going to miss the job she has done for the majority of her life.
“I will miss the company of the girls, the general cooking and of course the children,” said the mum-of-two.
“I have some fantastic memories that will stay with me forever, I have always loved my job.”
Hilary, who lives in Throston Grange Lane, Hartlepool, with husband Alan, 61, a retired labourer, said she always planned to retire on the day of her 60th birthday.
But she does not know how she is going to spend her retirement.
“I have worked long enough,” she added.
“I do like to keep busy, but it will be nice to be able to relax.”
Hilary said she intends to visit the children and her former colleagues at the school on a regular basis.
Mark Parry, headteacher at West Park Primary School, in Coniscliffe Road, Hartlepool, said: “Hilary has been absolutely brilliant throughout her time here at the school.
“We are all used to seeing her big smile behind the counter and she will be sorely missed.
“She is friends with everyone at the school and has been an integral part of our team.”