Eighteen long-serving colleagues from Asda supermarkets in South Yorkshire received VIP treatment after completing 535 combined years of service.
Staff from stores in Chapeltown, Handsworth and Rotherham were invited to Harewood House, along with more than 1,000 other Asda employees as part of the companies ‘Big Anniversary’ celebration.
Dorothy Grundy, Janice Goddard, Jennifer Frost and June Jeffries, all from the Chapeltown store, were recognised for 35 years of service.
Their colleagues Lynne Brooke, Jayne Grayson and Derek Boot were recognised for 30 years of service, along with Handsworth staff Susan Vine, Carol Hughes, Susan Tomkins and Elaine Hunt, and Norma Stone and Vicky Morley from Asda Rotherham.
Ann Dawson, Peter Spencer, Jill Smith, June Dolman and Sue Barber, from the three stores, were commended for 25 years of service.
They were thanked by Asda bosses, including chief executive Andy Clarke, and received a VIP reception and presentation in front of their peers.
Andy Watson, Asda Chapeltown store manager, said: “It is fantastic Andy was there to thank our colleagues personally.
“To have such fantastic customer loyalty over three stores in Sheffield is testament to the great service they have delivered over the years and long may it continue.”
Hayley Tatum, Asda executive people director, said: “We’ve got a great track-record of colleagues staying with us for 20, 30 or even 45 years.
“The big anniversary is our way of saying thank you to these colleagues for looking after our customers over the years. It is, after all, their passion and enthusiasm that has helped make Asda Britain’s favourite supermarket.”