Vanners staff bid fond farewell to Colette after three decades

HAPPY RETIREMENT: Colette Bentley, who has retired after 30 years at Vanners Silk Weavers in Sudbury, gets a good send off from colleagues last Thursday.
HAPPY RETIREMENT: Colette Bentley, who has retired after 30 years at Vanners Silk Weavers in Sudbury, gets a good send off from colleagues last Thursday.
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John McEnroe was on the verge of winning Wimbledon and Margaret Thatcher was about to start her second term as Prime Minister.

The year was 1983 and, alongside these notable points in history, Colette Bentley had just started work at Vanners Silk Weavers in Sudbury.

She has been a constant presence at the company ever since.

Last Thursday, the 64-year-old, from Melford Road in Sudbury, retired. Colleagues marked her last day of work with a party.

“It is a funny feeling knowing it is my last day,” said Mrs Bentley, a senior accountant.

“It is like going on holiday as you are going into the unknown and don’t know what is at the end, but I am looking forward to it.”

Mrs Bentley said she had witnessed a lot of changes over the years but had always enjoyed working at Vanners because of her work colleagues and the “happy atmosphere”.

She said that she was now planning to do some travelling.

“America is somewhere I have always wanted to go and I can spend more time in the garden and with the grandchildren,” she added.