Linda’s a golden girl!

Linda Sewell, a sales assistant at Bakers & Larners of Holt, is celebrating a remarkable milestone, clocking up 50 years of service in retail.

Linda began her career as an office junior for Betty’s of Holt in 1970 – the year that saw The Beatles split and Concorde make its first supersonic flight at 700mph. 

CT Baker Group acquired Betty’s in 2004 and from filing and cash reconciliation and a stint in menswear, Linda moved to the linens department (now Bakers & Larners of Holt Furniture).  

During her 50-year tenure, Linda took on the role of office manager after working in both menswear and ladieswear. She then returned to menswear, and is still part of the menswear team today, albeit now located in Market Place rather than the High Street.

Linda with her nephew, Patrick, who also works in the store.

Linda, who lives in Holt, said: “I’ve seen many changes over the years, and the one thing I really love is the company of my colleagues and our customers.”  Asked if she intended to leave the group anytime soon, Linda responded with a very definite “no”! 

Jane Gurney-Read, managing director of CT Baker Group, said: “My team and I would like to congratulate Linda on reaching this remarkable milestone. What an achievement!  As a family-run business, the team is absolutely at the heart of everything we do, so I would also like to thank Linda for her commitment and loyalty.”

Although Linda is one of only two members of the team who have clocked up 50 years, long-service is not uncommon at the group, with more than 40 people having worked there for more than 25 years.

Colleagues, including Linda’s nephew, Patrick, who also works in the store, gathered in the menswear department to mark her golden anniversary, where Linda was presented with a silver Waterford photo frame by Jane Gurney-Read, with flowers, cake, balloons and a sash Linda has been wearing ever since…

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