Two members of staff at G Wathall & Son Ltd funeral directors in Derby and Ashbourne have, between them, notched up 70 years’ service with the family-owned company – making them the longest serving in Wathalls’ 158-year history.
Frank Rigby (54) and Wendy Booth (60) both started at the company’s Macklin Street office 35 years ago in 1981.
Frank is now a funeral director and manager of the company’s Ashbourne Office in Union Street and Wendy works with families to arrange funerals and pre-paid funeral plans.
G Wathall & Son Managing Director Helen Wathall is the fifth generation of the family in the business. She explained that there were several members of staff who had been with the business for up to 30 years but that Frank and Wendy were, to date, the longest serving members of staff.
“Our 20 full time members of staff have, between them, accrued 265 years of service to the business.
“We are immensely proud of our ethos as a business who looks after our staff and are grateful that this support is reciprocated by so many people across the company who have remained loyal to us for so many years.”
Helen Wathall presented Frank and Wendy with £500 shopping vouchers each as well as flowers and wine to celebrate the milestone.