A ticket office clerk who has worked for the railways for more than 40 years celebrated her last day this week, as colleagues surprised her with a leaving ceremony.

The team at Huntingdon railway station celebrate the retirement of Christine Crate after 40 years. Picture: ARCHANTThe team at Huntingdon railway station celebrate the retirement of Christine Crate after 40 years. Picture: ARCHANT

Christine Crate, 63, worked at Huntingdon railway station ticket office for 17 years - and on the railways for 42 years - but said farewell to her colleagues on Friday, as she headed into retirement.

Christine started working for British Rail in 1976, and worked in different roles at various offices before moving to Huntingdon in 2001.

She said: “I will really miss the job. I have enjoyed this job and will miss all the people that I see everyday.

“That’s what makes the job so enjoyable. I love speaking to people and you really get to know the customers.

The team at Huntingdon railway station celebrate the retirement of Christine Crate after 40 years. Picture: ARCHANTThe team at Huntingdon railway station celebrate the retirement of Christine Crate after 40 years. Picture: ARCHANT

“I am looking forward to retiring though. I have lots of plans to go travelling and hopefully do some gardening. I will just miss everyone I work with.”

Christine’s team members gave her the farewell she deserved by holding a goodbye party on her last day. She was also given presents and cards by her colleagues.

The local area manager and route manager for Huntingdon station, Angela Palmer, was also on hand to present Christine and fellow retiree Neville Cooper, from St Neots railway station, with a bottle of champagne to say ‘thank you’ for their efforts.

Both have worked for the railway for 40 years.

Christine added: “I was so surprised to see what my colleagues had planned for me on my last day. I will really miss them all and all of the lovely customers that I have gotten to know over the years.”