UTTOXETER News is saying goodbye to its longest-serving member of staff this week as advertising worker Gill Conroy leaves the firm after 15 years.
Mrs Conroy started work for the Uttoxeter Advertiser filling in for a member of staff on materniy leave.
She has become a well-known face around town after selling thousands of adverts to Uttoxeter businesses.
Mrs Conroy has remained tight-lipped on her future but said she is leaving to ‘follow a dream inspired by family’.
She said: “Every day has been challenging and different and that’s what I liked.
“But work wouldn’t have been the same without sharing fun and laughter with my colleagues along the way and that’s what I’ve always done.
“I have worked with many supporting colleagues and customers over the years and they have made me what I am today.
“Angela Wynne, my manager for many years, has been my rock and Sue Keeling has been my right arm and everyone needs that teamwork and support.”
Mrs Conroy has become synonymous with her twin sister, Judy Smith, who is an advertising representative for the Advertiser’s sister paper, the Ashbourne News Telegraph.
She said her most memorable work-related memory was when the pair visited a fishery - and ended up getting locked in a log cabin.
She said: “Judy and I visited a fishery to sell some advertising space and the meeting was in a log cabin.
“It was a bit strange but the meeting was successful - until we found the lock on the door was jammed and we were stuck in there for hours.
“My job was selling advertising space, but the most heartfelt moments are when a news story brings the community together in good times and bad. That’s what local papers are all about - memories, not money.
“I’m leaving to follow a dream, inspired by family, and I believe, if you put your mind to it, you can follow that dream and make it reality.”