Suffolk woman celebrates retirement after 67 years working at the same Spar
- Credit: Paul Wiltshire
A Halesworth woman has retired at the age of 82 after spending 67 years working at the same Spar.
Margaret Want first began working at the shop in 1954 at the age of 15, right after she left school and since then she's never had any urges to leave.
"No," said Margaret in response to the question of whether she'd ever wanted to work at another job or even at another store.
She added: "I didn't want to do nothing else, I was just so happy.
"I loved it. I didn't want to leave, they didn't want me to leave, so I never left."
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Colleagues, friends and family all gathered outside the store to say goodbye to Margaret on Thursday, who described the event as "overwhelming".
She said she: "Just loved my work from day one until the last day.
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"I do miss everybody, not just my work mates but all the customers as well."
Margaret's connection to the store stretches even further back than 67 years - next door is the Boutique shop which was her nanny's house and the Focus Foods used to be her grandfather's butcher shop.
When she was just two years old, she would sit outside her nanny's house and watch people go by.
Born in Halesworth, Margaret never wanted to travel too far having never been abroad and only moved a few miles up the road to Spexhall when she got married.
Margaret's manager Paul was also celebrating his 45 years' service milestone - the pair of them have worked for 112 years combined.
During that time Margaret said 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 she first started the job involved packing sugar into bags and slicing up bacon, not understanding what Microsoft Windows is, but thankfully Paul and her other colleagues helped her learn.
One of the highlights of her career would be selling cakes she baked for charity - in one year she managed to raise £5,000 from cake sales alone.
Looking to the future Margaret doesn't have any big plans for her retirement, but she has been on furlough since the pandemic began which she says has helped her adjust to post-work life.
Although she is planning to return and visit the shop whenever she can.