A MARKET Rasen woman has been awarded for her long service and dedication to Lincolnshire Co-operative.
Val Lancaster has notched up 25 years at the Market Rasen Foodstore and was one of nine employees being honoured at a celebratory dinner at the Lawn in Lincoln.
“I’ve worked at the Market Rasen store since I’ve started,” said Val.
“It’s good because you get to know customers by name, you get to know who they are and a bit about them.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes in the last 25 years - we’ve moved about and the store has been extended.”
Customer service assistant Val is also a member of the Market Rasen Members’ Group which meets regularly.
One of its roles is to decide on grants and donations to local groups.
“I like being on the members’ group because you get to talk about what local groups are doing in the area and decide how we can support them,” she added.
And it seems working for Lincolnshire Co-op is something that also runs in the family.
One of Val’s sons, Mark, started his career at Market Rasen and is now a store manager at Riseholme Road in Lincoln.
“Our colleagues are our most important asset and we’re delighted to be able to recognise these dedicated members of staff in this way,” said Heather Lee, the society’s head of people and performance.