Colleagues of a long-standing Aldershot travel shop administrator have shown their appreciation for her incredible 53 years’ service, as she heads into retirement.
When Jenny Harris showed up for her first day of work back in 1964, the year BBC 2 was launched , Top of the Pops aired for the first time and the Queen gave birth to Prince Edward, she had no idea she’d still be assisting with customer journey plans and tickets more than 50 years later.
Jenny joined the travel shop team with Aldershot & District in February 1964, subsequently working for Alder Valley in 1972 and with Stagecoach from 1992.
As she waved goodbye to the shop on Friday (28 July) her manager and co-workers decided to surprise her with a bouquet of flowers. She will also attend a long service dinner and presentation later in the year and she will receive a gift in recognition of her long service and commitment.
Up until her retirement, Jenny held the title as longest service employee for Stagecoach across its Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex business.
Jayson Smith, Operations Manager at Stagecoach’s Aldershot depot, said: “Jenny has been a huge asset to the local team with so much local travel knowledge and experience.
“Jenny's commitment to the company over the past 53 years has been exceptional and without doubt her continued hard work and loyalty to the business has contributed towards our success. I hope she enjoys her well-deserved retirement.”
Jenny’s career highlights are when she used to book really nice holidays for people through the travel shop and meeting the many interesting people that have come through the doors over the last 50 years.
In her spare time Jenny is the 'Chief Ranger' in the Ancient Order of Foresters and she is very keen on flower arranging and embroidery.
Speaking at retirement event, Jenny said “I’ve enjoyed every minute of working for Stagecoach and made some great friends over the years, I think it’s time to hang up my timetables whilst I’m still young!”