SUSAN Cornforth certainly has the right recipe for a long-working career.
She’s earned her crust as a bakery worker for three decades and always at shops in Hartlepool.
The 58-year-old, now manageress at Crumbs, in the King Oswy shopping precinct, admitted: “It has certainly changed as time has gone by but I have loved it. I didn’t think I would still be doing it after all this time.”
It all started on March 2, 1981, when she began in the Sparks bakery, in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.
Susan who is Hartlepool born and bred and married to Robin Cornforth, 55, who works as a hospital porter, said: “I started out as a general assistant and I stayed in that job for ten years.”
The mum to Sandra Sims, 37, Ian Varley, 36, stepmum to Daniel Cornforth, 34, and grandmother-of-six, then took the job of manageress at the King Oswy shop, which was formerly the Three Cooks.
She said: “It was a big jump for me to come up here and run a shop. You wonder if you are up to it.”
But Susan was more than capable of holding her own and has stayed there
She said: “I love dealing with the public. You get to know them and you get to know about their lives. Hopefully, we help them a little bit especially the older people.”
Susan added: “We have had people coming in here from the nearby school when they were children, and now we get them coming in with their own children.”
She had noticed changes in the industry down the years and said: ““It was all bread buns and stotties, cakes and sandwiches back then. It’s a lot more to do with hot food these days.”
Susan now works for Julie Kelsey, 39, who took over and acquired the business last October.