The time has finally arrived. I have decided to hang up my ‘working togs’ and spend more time ‘dressed down’ – yes, as of 31st March I am joining the ranks of the retired generation.

After more than 50 years of an uninterrupted working life, I have decided that the time is right to say goodbye.

I started as a Saturday girl at 15 in Woolworth’s in Clapham Junction, progressing to Millers the bakers and on to Harrods, where I worked during the time I was at Gypsy Hill Teacher Training College (which is now Kingston Uni on Kingston Hill).

I spent 20 years teaching Years 5 & 6 at two primary schools in Battersea, and then decided a change of career was required. Having not really much idea of what I wanted to do, I spent 3 months doing all sorts of things, from delivering vegetables for a greengrocer & making strawberry tarts for a French patisserie chef to looking after an elderly lady with dementia. I made the decision that my best path was something which required driving. My lucky star presented me with the opportunity to be a chauffeur for News International where over a 12-year period, I drove 3 of the newspaper editors. I then did a spell in the office as PA to the Deputy Editor for 4 years.

Finally, fed up with the trek across town to Tower Bridge, the early mornings & late, late nights, my path crossed that of Guy’s who was looking for an office manager – the perfect job for me. Now, after 11 eventful years, of keeping Guy & the gang in check, of chatting to our lovely clients on the phone, looking after their Company Secretarial requirements, nagging them to send in their records and meeting them occasionally at our office, it is time to say Goodbye.

Thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure to know over the last 11 years, thank you for all your good wishes and the many cards and gifts I have received.

I will very much miss you all.