A POPULAR supermarket worker has finished her final shift as she retired after 32 years in a town store.
Patsy Cartwright started work on the tobacco counter at Fine Fare supermarket, in the town’s shopping centre 32 years and four months ago.
Fine Fare became Gateway before Asda took over and Patsy remained as the store moved to its current location, off Marina Way.
But after thousands of shifts, and working her way up to become a checkout manager, the mum-of-two and grandmother-of-two decided it was time to enjoy her retirement.
And staff at the store saying they are already missing the “laughs and company” of Patsy.
Joanne Tweddle, Asda’s community colleague and a close friend of Patsy’s, said: “Patsy always liked to have a bit of fun at work, it’s certainly a little bit quieter without her here.
“She already sorely missed though, she was always great fun to work with and has a way of saying things that nobody else would get away with.
“She saw the supermarket and the way things work here change a lot over the course of the 32 years, there was no technology used at all in store when she first started.”
Joanne says Patsy, who lives in the Hart Lane area of Hartlepool, has lots of plans for how she is going to spend her retirement.
“She’s a very active person so she’ll definitely keep busy,” she added.
“She’s very young at heart and is always out walking.”
More than 100 members of staff enjoyed a party to mark Patsy’s retirement.
“We are all really close so there’s always a really lovely atmosphere between us,” she added.
“The party was a fantastic night, we all had a really good time.”