Sheffield couple whose romance started in workplace set to retire after combined 100 years of service

A couple from Sheffield will retire from their working duties this week after being employed for a combined total of over 100 years.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 3:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 4:32 pm
Couple retiring from Monarch Works at Darnall after a combined service of over a century. Picture Scott Merrylees
Couple retiring from Monarch Works at Darnall after a combined service of over a century. Picture Scott Merrylees

David Slowe and Sandra Slowe (whose romance started in the workplace) will retire from Wentworth Pewter in Darnall this week on May 27.

Mrs Slowe works in the warehouse at the company whilst Mr Slowe has been employed as a metal smith since the age of 15 – together their employment at the company stretches over 100 years.

A spokesperson for the company said: “They’re just very committed and hard working, we’re going to miss them completely. Dave is extremely skilled and is an old school craftsman, he takes so much time and care over everything he makes and those skills are just sadly dying out and we’re losing them now big time.

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Couple retiring from Monarch Works at Darnall after a combined service of over a century. Picture Scott Merrylees

“I’ve known Dave my whole life and I just remember sitting next to him and watching him work when I was a lot younger, just talking about the old days. Sandra makes us all tea and we’re definitely going to miss that, she doesn’t realise how important that is, people think it’s really quite insignificant but I just never stop so to have somebody make you a cup of tea means a lot, it’s very appreciated.”

Dave Slowe who has worked for the company since he was a teenager also turned down the opportunity to play for Sheffield Wednesday as he wanted to work as a pewter smith.

The workforce are planning to gather on Wednesday to celebrate the retirement of the couple and to thank them for their service by handing over gifts.