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Warminster glove factory employee retires after 45 years
3:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Warminster
LONG-serving Dents employee Heather Ambrose is looking forward to spending time with her grandchildren and possibly travelling to Australia, after retiring from the company today.
The 62-year-old, who celebrated her birthday with colleagues yesterday, joined the Warminster factory in 1968, as a receptionist.
She was following in the footsteps of her mother, who had worked for the glove maker since the early 1950s.
Mrs Ambrose, of Barley Close, Warminster, was a receptionist for three years, before taking five years off to raise her two daughters. She returned in 1978, as a secretary and then the personal assistant to the director.
She celebrated her retirement with her work mates, including John Cundick, who was at Dents before even her mother started there.
Mrs Ambrose, who has four grandchildren, said: “It’s all quite weird and, while I had planned it about a year ago, it has come around really quickly.
“I think the reason I have been here so long is because of the sort of people that work here. We are all just one big family. Everyone is lovely and most are local.”
Mrs Ambrose played an important role in Royal visits from Princess Anne, who has been to the factory twice, and the Duke of York.
She added: “I think that being involved with all the detail of the visits is what really sticks out in my mind when I look back at my career. It was a real highlight to work so closely on those visits.
“I have also seen huge changes over the years, including the relocation from the old factory in Fairfield Road to our lovely new building and the big advances in technology.
“It has been a wonderful company to work for, but I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my grandchildren and maybe travelling to Australia with my husband, Derek.”