Linda Sewell, a sales assistant at Bakers & Larners of Holt, is celebrating a remarkable milestone, clocking up fifty years of service in retail.

Linda (pictured with her nephew, Patrick) began her career in 1970 as an office junior for Betty’s of Holt (fully owned branch of W J Aldiss Ltd), the year that saw The Beatles split, and Concorde made its first supersonic flight at 700mph.  CT Baker Group acquired Betty’s of Holt in 2004 and from filing and cash reconciliation and a stint in menswear, Linda moved to the linens department on Holt’s High Street (now Bakers & Larners of Holt Furniture).  

During her fifty-year tenure, Linda took on the role of office manager after working in both menswear and ladieswear.  She then returned to menswear, and is still part of the menswear team today, albeit now located in Market Place rather than the High Street where she first began her retail career!

Since 1970, CT Baker Group has grown significantly and on approaching the Millennium it split into two divisions of Retailing and Builders Merchants.  In 2007 the Group acquired Budgens of Holt, with Budgens of Aylsham becoming the Group’s most recent addition in 2013.

Linda, who lives in Holt, said “As a family-run business, CT Baker Group is a good company to work for.  I’ve seen many changes over the years, and the one thing I really love is the company of my colleagues and our customers.”  Asked if she intended to leave the Group anytime soon, Linda responded with a very definite “no”! 

Jane Gurney-Read, Managing Director of CT Baker Group, said: “My team and I would like to congratulate Linda on reaching this remarkable milestone, what an achievement!  As a family-run business, the team is absolutely at the heart of everything we do, so I would also like to thank Linda for her commitment and loyalty.”

Although Linda is one of only two members of the team who have clocked up fifty years, long-service is not uncommon at CT Baker Group with more than 40 people having worked for the Group for more than 25 years.

Colleagues gathered in the menswear department where Linda was presented with a silver Waterford photo frame by Jane Gurney-Read, with flowers, cake, balloons and a sash Linda has been wearing ever since!