Retirement in store

Three women have retired from Waitrose in Huntingdon, all after nearly 20 years on the shop scene. Pam Allchin, 68, from Godmanchester, who had worked in the store for 19 years, said: I was going to retire four years ago but they said Don t go so I st

Three women have retired from Waitrose in Huntingdon, all after nearly 20 years on the shop scene.

Pam Allchin, 68, from Godmanchester, who had worked in the store for 19 years, said: "I was going to retire four years ago but they said 'Don't go' so I stayed on. I have loved every minute, the people I worked with and the customers."

Mrs Allchin, who has seven grandchildren, aged between 19 and four, said she would spend her time with them as well as walking and gardening.

Gwen Bowen, 60, from Warboys, also retiring after 19 years, said she would be moving to France to live near her daughter, Sarah, in Bordeaux.

"I have just loved the company and I have made so many friends here," she said.

Melda Chilman, 59, from Abbots Ripton, leaving after 18 years, said: "I have enjoyed working here with the girls."

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Mrs Chilman, who has a son and daughter and two granddaughters, said she was planning an all-girls holiday with her family. "I've no specific plans but my granddaughters will keep granny busy," she said.