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Diss employee who spent 35 years with company says goodbye




An employee, who has spent her entire working life with the same company, is set to bid an emotional farewell this week as she retires.

Lindsay Powell first joined John Doe in Diss back in 1985 and still remembers how she came to be offered the job.

“I saw it advertised in the local job centre and went to see them,” she recalls. “I met John and Angela Doe and his sister and they were lovely and friendly. Then Angela popped round to my house a few days later to offer me the job.”

Diss, Norfolk, 26/09/2020..Lindsay Powell is retiring after 35 years of workingat John Doe in Diss. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (42429971)
Diss, Norfolk, 26/09/2020..Lindsay Powell is retiring after 35 years of workingat John Doe in Diss. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (42429971)

Mrs Powell, who has lived in Diss her whole life, has chosen to call time on 35 years of service because her husband, Robert, is also retiring from his job as a firefighter.

The 51-year-old said: “We’ll enjoy walking the dogs together and we’ll be able to help my parents more, not to mention seeing more of our children, who are grown up now. Family is the biggest reason for us.

“I won’t be a stranger when it comes to my other family at John Doe, though. I’ll be very emotional when I leave this week and it will take some time to get used to it. Everyone there will still very much be a part of my life.

Diss, Norfolk, 26/09/2020..Lindsay Powell is retiring after 35 years of workingat John Doe in Diss. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (42429971)
Diss, Norfolk, 26/09/2020..Lindsay Powell is retiring after 35 years of workingat John Doe in Diss. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (42429971)

“It’s not just colleagues, either. I’ve made friends with customers, who come in for a chat and a coffee and end up buying a picture or a rug.

“I love people, and that’s probably why I’ve always been so passionate about what I do.”

Mrs Powell began life at the family-run firm by working in the office and spending some of her time on the shop floor, but soon moved into sales full-time.

“Carpets and flooring became my thing,” she said. “I ended up as a sort of flooring executive, advising customers on purchases and engaging with them.

“Everyone has been so lovely and treated me like family from day one. If I ever needed to pop home, they’d let me, and if we had lots of customers in, I’d gladly stay late to help out. It was a two-way street and you always felt appreciated.”

Company director Edward Doe said: “Lindsay has set such high, professional standards ever since she joined us at just 16 years of age and, make no mistake, the successful growth of the company is, in no small part, down to her work and loyalty.

“I speak for all here when I say that Lindsay is considered family rather than a member of staff. We’re all so sad to see her go but wish her nothing but happiness in her deserved retirement.”

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