A BELOVED member of staff at a village school near Uttoxeter has been given a heartfelt send-off as she bid farewell after spending a huge chunk of her life in the job.
Staff and pupils at Abbots Bromley School paid tribute to the loyalty and hard work of Mary Smith who has retired after more than four decades’ service to the school.
When Mary took up her post as housekeeping assistant at the school in 1968, the Vietnam War was raging, current James Bond Daniel Craig was born and a new Mini Cooper cost less than £800.
Now, 44 years later, Mrs Smith is at last taking life a little slower as she retires from the school. Staff and pupils gathered to present her with numerous gifts including a picture and books.
The school’s bursar, Richard Beresford, said: “We are enormously grateful to Mary for all her hard work over the many years she has been at the school.
“She will be very much missed by all the staff and pupils and we wish her all the best in her well-earned retirement.”