A DRY cleaning worker is celebrating half a century of sprucing up Sheffield’s best outfits - but won’t be hanging up her uniform yet.
Pat Sears is part-time assistant manager at Johnsons The Cleaners on Pinstone Street, in Sheffield city centre.
The 65-year-old started work with the company at its Ecclesall Road branch when she was 15 years old and estimates she has ironed more than 76,000 shirts during her time.
But Pat has come across a lot more than dry cleaning and ironing - most memorably when a customer rode into the store on a donkey.
Pat remembered: “I was working on relief in the Attercliffe branch when all of a sudden the door flew open and a gypsy lady came into the shop riding on a donkey.
“She had her dry cleaning ticket with her - she’d come to collect a jacket!”
Pat, who lives on City Road in Sheffield, has worked in all the company’s branches in Sheffield, some now shut, as well as in Rotherham and Doncaster.
She said the past 50 years working at Johnsons had been fantastic.
“I genuinely love coming into work each day because no two days are ever the same.
“Obviously things have changed quite a lot in terms of processes and technology, but the thing I enjoy most is dealing with the public, and that’s the element of the job that is still the same today as 50 years ago.”
She added: “I love spending time with my colleagues and serving the customers who come into store.
“While retirement is a consideration for the future, for now my focus is continuing to serve our great local community in Sheffield.”
Paul Ogle, managing director of Johnsons, said: “Pat is a fantastic example of the dedicated staff we have.
“We would like to thank her for her loyalty and hard work and I am sure the customers she has served over the years will join me in congratulating her.”
As a thank you for her long service, Pat has been presented with a £500 high street gift voucher.