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SPAR Halesworth’s Margaret Want Retires After 67 Years at the Store

October 22, 2021


Sales Assistant Margaret Want from SPAR Halesworth in Suffolk made the local news this month when she retired from the store after spending 67 years working there.

Margaret first began working at the shop in 1954 at the age of 15, right after she left school, and since then she's never left.

She commented: "I loved it. I didn't want to leave, and they didn't want me to leave, so I never left. I just loved my work from day one until the last day."

Margaret's connection to the store stretches even further back than 67 years. The shop next door was her nanny's house, and another in the street used to be her grandfather's butcher shop.

Store Manager Paul Norris also celebrated his 45 years' service milestone at the same time. The pair of them have worked for 112 years combined.

During that time Margaret said that Paul helped her when the job became modernised.

She said: "I didn't know how to switch a computer on, let alone use it."

When Margaret first started, her job involved packing sugar into bags and slicing up bacon, not working with computers, but thankfully Paul and her other colleagues helped her learn.

One of the highlights of Margaret’s career was selling cakes she baked for charity, and in one year she managed to raise £5,000 from cake sales alone.

Colleagues, friends and family all gathered outside the store to say goodbye to Margaret on 7th October. A.F. Blakemore Group Managing Director Geoff Hallam also made a special visit.

Paul commented: “Margaret is a star – a great teammate always on hand to help out. She has raised over £25,000 for the NSPCC with her fundraising.”

Margaret has said that she is planning to go back and visit the store whenever she can.

Margaret's retirement

A.F. Blakemore Group Managing Director Geoff Hallam (left) visits SPAR Halesworth to wish Margaret a happy retirement and present Paul (right) with his long service award


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