A long-serving employee of a Riddings bakery has retired after 47 years of loyal service.
General manager Phil Tomlinson, known to his colleagues and customers as Sam, joined Luke Evans Bakery as a Saturday boy at the age of 13 – earning £1 a day.
He has worked for a number of generations of the Luke Evans family, starting with the fourth generation, Joe Evans, who was at the helm in 1965.
Now 60, Phil has decided to retire from the Riddings-based bakery and said: “As far as I’m concerned, I have been good for Luke Evans and Luke Evans has been good for me. I have enjoyed it – it’s been fantastic.”
Phil, who lives at South Normanton with his wife Denise, a mobile hairdresser, has no concrete plans for his retirement, but hopes to spend more time with his two-year-old granddaughter Laila and has promised to help his daughter Rachael convert her new house in Somercotes.
Managing director David Yates said: “Phil, or Sam as we call him, has been a tremendously loyal colleague to us all, and we wish him all the best. He’s seen lots of changes since he joined us in 1965 and met many customers, who I am sure will join me in congratulating him on his long service and in wishing him well for the future.”