Some 27 members of Lincolnshire Co-op staff were awarded for their combined 675 years of service since starting their careers in 1989.
Colleagues from all sectors of the business reached the 25-year landmark together, including florists, travel agents and customer service staff.
The achievement was celebrated with a Long Service dinner. Members of staff who attended were presented with a commemorative gold watch from the society to say thank you.
Colleagues recounted fond memories of their workplaces.
Jennifer Lloyd who now works in Property Maintenance, recounted receiving an odd return, many years ago whilst working at the former Silver Street Store.
She said: “One of our customers came in to return a faulty casserole dish – with sausages still in it. What’s more, she wanted the sausages replacing too!”
Head of People and Performance Heather Lee said: “It’s a testament to what a great place Lincolnshire Co-op is to work that people stay with us for so long.
“We’re really very proud of the staff that have been with us for 25 years; the long service dinner and awards are just one way of recognising their hard work and dedication.”
The members of staff receiving the award were:
- Gillian Berry – Burton Road Pharmacy
- Margaret Briggs – Market Rasen Food Store
- Rachel Clifton – Spalding Travel
- Alan Downs – Food Distribution Centre, Lincoln
- Garry Fisher – Long Sutton Butchery
- Paul Halfpenny – Graphic Designer at Head Office, Lincoln
- Tanya Harvey – Market Rasen Food Store
- John McKerracher – Pharmacy Project Manager, Lincoln
- Judith Parker – Market Rasen Food Store
- Barbara Radley – Brant Road Pharmacy
- Julie Bell – Food Distribution Centre office, Lincoln
- Alan Bent – Woodhall Spa Food Store
- Angela Canty – Nettleham Food Store
- Paul Chapman – Pharmacy Warehouse, Lincoln
- Lorna Cole – Carlton Centre Food Store, Lincoln
- Maree Frankish – Market Rasen Food Store
- Nicola Hackney – Florist, Birchwood Centre, Lincoln
- David Howe – Transport, Lincoln
- Karen Judge – Member Accounts, Head Office, Lincoln
- Jennifer Lloyd – Property Maintenance, Lincoln
- Roger Meanwell – Food Distribution Centre, Lincoln
- Teresa Palmer – Birchwood Food Store
- Nikki Turner – Pharmacy Warehouse, Lincoln
- Julie Walters – Operations Manager, Tritton Road Travel, Lincoln
- Karen Wright – Birchwood Food Store
- Jill Archer – Birchwood Food Store
- Deborah Green – Market Rasen Food Store