Published: 31 Jan 2017

Last call at dealership for receptionist, Margaret

A loyal employee at Jennings Ford, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group, was given a fond farewell from work colleagues when she clocked into work for the very last time. 

It was a case of hanging up the telephone for the last time for 70-year-old full-time receptionist, Margaret Jackson, from Whickham, when she officially retired from the group’s Eslington Park dealership in Gateshead.

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For the past 13 years, Margaret, has been the first point of contact at the Ford branch where she has greeted thousands of customers to the dealership, as well as answering and filtering telephone calls.

Margaret said: “I’m very sad to be leaving the company and my work colleagues, who over the years, have also become very good friends, but it’s time for me to spend time with my family and do all the things I just haven’t had time to do because of work commitments.”

Staff at the dealership marked the special occasion with a presentation.  An emotional Margaret was showered with cards, gifts and flowers from work colleagues, who also took the opportunity to thank her for her continuous hard work over the years.

Margaret added: “I would like to thank everyone for their very kind words and for all of the lovely gifts, I’ve been completely spoilt - everyone has been so very kind.” 

First on the list of ‘things to do’ for Margaret and husband, Alan, 70, who has also just recently retired after working for 45 years as a bus driver, is a Caribbean Cruise.  The couple are also looking forward to spending quality time with their son, Jason, 42, as well as visiting the family caravan in Belford, Northumberland, and generally having some chill out time.

Prior to joining Jennings Ford, Margaret, worked as a receptionist for a local rent-a-car business and also spent time working for a plant hire firm.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford, call into the Eslington Park dealership, contact 0333 414 9750

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