Colleagues of a long-standing Leamington travel clerk have shown their appreciation for her 20 years’ service as she heads into retirement.
Maretta Rawbone has worked in the same role at the Stagecoach shop in Regent Street since 1994, when she first came to south Warwickshire.
Not one to make a fuss, the grandmother-of-two will not be having a leaving party before she waves goodbye to the shop on Thursday (July 31), so her co-workers decided to surprise her with flowers and a visit from the Courier this week.
Mrs Rawbone said: “I am the longest serving employee at the shop. There are some lovely colleagues here who are younger than me and can take over my role.
“I am 67 so it’s about time I retired!”
Mrs Rawbone’s career began in Denmark, where she is from, working for an airline. She then moved to London to work as a tour guide for the Scandinavian Tourist Board and, while living there, met her future husband Peter.
The couple decided they wanted to leave the city and so moved to Leamington, where Mr Rawbone’s family live. Mrs Rawbone said: “This job came up, so I applied and got it - and I have never regretted it.
“It’s a very good and varied job and you meet people.
“Staff have a Stagecoach bus pass so we travel by buses whenever we can. I live in Southam and I take the bus to Leamington every day and it costs me nothing and I don’t have to park a car anywhere.”
Mrs Rawbone and her husband now plan to go travelling around the countryside in their motorhome in the UK and across Europe, as well as to spend more time with their grandchildren.