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Tina celebrates 40 years at Spalding Bakery




Blondie were number one in the charts and the Empire Strikes Back was the latest blockbuster on the big screen when Tina Arnold started work at Spalding Bakery.

And on Tuesday, she was surrounded by colleagues, former colleagues, family and friends as she celebrated her 40th anniversary with the company.

In all that time, she has taken ONE day off sick - and that was after 19 years' service!

Starting out on the Youth Opportunity Scheme in 1979, aged 17, friendly Tina has worked for several departments and shifts during her time at the Fulney Lane South factory, but started out at Geo Adams and Sons, who originally owned the business, at its premises in The Crescent, Spalding.

Three further companies - Tulip, Kerry and now Addo Foods - have owned the business in the past 10 years.

A former pupil of the old Goodfellows CE School, Tina (57) still lives in her life-long home in Spalding Common.

Tributes to Tina were led by the divisional managing director of Spalding Bakery, Sean Stewart, who said her service was "an amazing achievement". In addition, group managing director, Chris Peters, asked for his thanks and congratulations to be passed on and apologised for not being there in person.

Mr Stewart praised Tina's work in hygiene and amenities, where she has worked for the past three years, saying: "without Tina's work, we would not make as many sausage rolls. The factory would not run as efficiently. What you do is amazing.

"I was also told that at The Crescent, when you were on the line, you asked for the hot pies to be next to you so you could keep warm and the mince pies on the other side so you could have a little nibble now and again. Not like these days!

"Working here means everything to Tina - she cannot walk past without stopping for a chat and asking if she is doing a good job. I can assure you, Tina, after 40 years, you are doing a good job!"

After receiving flowers and gifts, Tina thanked everyone for coming and who she had worked with, especially the two HR managers, Sharon and Stephanie, who had helped her along the way.

Tina then cut a celebration cake and guests tucked into a buffet, which included a giant number '40' made from sausage roll - the factory's signature product.

Susan Chambers, who has worked with Tina in hygiene and facilities for the past two years, said: "Tina knows everyone and everyone knows Tina. The factory is her life and she loves it here.

"When I came here, I was quite nervous, but Tina made sure I was able to settle in and made me welcome."

Tina hopes to work at the factory for another 10 years - to celebrate her golden anniversary at Spalding Bakery!



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