A BARMAID has called time on her 36-year social club career - which started when she called in to buy a packet of cigarettes.
Kathy Morfoot has worked behind the bar of the Ragland Quoit and Social Club, in Stuart Street, Hartlepool, since 1977.
The 61-year-old had popped into the club to buy a packet of cigarettes and got talking to one of the barmaids she knew.
The mum-of-two was told that the establishment was looking for a new member of staff and thought that she would be perfect for the part.
Kathy was then offered the job, learned how to pull the perfect pint – and the rest is history.
But after more than three-and-a half decades keeping punters happy, the grandmother-of-two has decided to leave the pint-pulling behind and she did her last shift behind the bar on Sunday night. Kathy, of Addison Road, Hartlepool - who is married to Keith Morfoot, a former printer at the Mail, said: “I have loved every minute of it, it was great. I’ve worked with some lovely people over the years and met some lovely customers as well. I’ve been very lucky.
“I’ve got lots of little tales and memories to take away with me.”
Kathy said she was delighted to have been given the job all those years ago.
“I went in to buy some tabs and the barmaid who I knew was saying they needed a barmaid and offered me the job,” she said.
“I went back a few times and learned how to do everything and the rest, as they say, is history!
“I worked part-time, mostly on a night time but I did the odd dinner time.”
She added: “When I was coming up to pension age I just thought, ‘I’ve done my bit, I’m ready for a rest’. It was hard going as I was getting older.
“I’ll definitely pop in now and again to see how my work-mates are doing, and on Sunday night for the quiz.
“I’ve got no major plans for my retirement, I’m going to have a nice rest before I think about anything, I’ll just see what happens.”