Work colleagues celebrate over 350 years combined service with Norwich retailer

Some of the staff at the Asda store on Drayton Road, Norwich, who have between them, clocked up over

Some of the staff at the Asda store on Drayton Road, Norwich, who have between them, clocked up over 350 years of service. Left to right: Kelly Balderstone, Caroline Page, Sue Matthews, Carole Mears, Christine Jeffrey, Judy Cook, Cheryl Westgate and Barry Harris. Picture: Keith Whitmore. - Credit: Keith Whitmore

Work colleagues at a Norwich store are celebrating more than 350 years of combined service with the company this month.

Some of the staff at the Asda store on Drayton Road, Norwich, who have between them, clocked up over

Some of the staff at the Asda store on Drayton Road, Norwich, who have between them, clocked up over 350 years of service. Front, holding a celebration cake are Carole Mears, Sue Matthews and Christine Jeffrey, with behind, Kelly Balderstone, Judy Cook, Caroline Page, Cheryl Westgate and Bary Harris. Picture: Keith Whitmore. - Credit: Keith Whitmore

The Asda store at Drayton High Road has one of the largest numbers of long serving colleagues in the country with 12 people celebrating the milestone.

George section leader, Sue Matthews who's been with the store since it first opened, is celebrating an astonishing 35 years.

She said: 'I've had so many fantastic memories over the past 35 years that I will treasure forever. I love seeing the same faces week in week out – we have a fantastic team that never fail to make me smile.

'I can't believe how quickly the last 35 years have flown by and it's really nice to see that we're all one big Asda family and such a big part of the local community.'

Steve Clarke, general store manager at Asda Norwich, said: 'We are proud of all our colleagues at Asda Norwich and we are especially proud of our dedicated group of colleagues.

'On behalf of everyone at Asda, I thank all ten colleagues for their dedicated service, hard work and outstanding loyalty.'

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The full list of long serving colleagues at Asda Norwich is:

•Sue Matthews, George section leader, 35 years;

•Barry Harris, shop floor assistant, 30 years;

•Carole Mears, shop floor assistant, 30 years;

•Cheryl Westgate, fresh replen section manager, 30 years;

•Christine Jeffery, shop floor assistant, 30 years;

•Judy Cook, shop floor assistant, 25 Years;

•Samantha Snelling, shop floor assistant, 25 years;

•Sandra Johnson, shop floor assistant, 25 years;

•Susan Dye, shop floor assistant; 25 years;

•Wendy Smith, shop floor assistant, 25 years;

•Kelly Balderson, shop floor assistant, 35 years; and

•Caroline Page, shop floor assistant, 30 years.

Asda is one of the UK's leading retailers and has more than 165,000 employees serving customers across 606 stores, including 33 Supercentres, 336 Superstores, 33 Asda Living stores and 204 Supermarkets.

The company also 26 depots and 18 stand alone petrol stations.

The company's main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

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