Peggy hangs up her apron 29 years on

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The catering manager at The Kimberley School has retired after 29 years.

Peggy Gribby hung up her apron on June 28, and was given a big send off party by staff and pupils at the school.

“It was emotional,” said Peggy. “I loved working there, it has been wonderful.

“I often see many past students when I’m out shopping. They still come up to me and say ‘hello miss’. I tell them they don’t have to call me miss anymore!.”

When Peggy started working in the school kitchens, burger and chips was the staple lunchtime diet for children.

Much has changed over the following 29 years.

Students now eat much healthier food in school dining rooms up and down the country.

“We know where all our food is sourced from,” said Peggy. “That’s the difference.”

Before starting work at the school, Peggy, now 60, worked in the hotel industry. She changed jobs after marrying her husband Peter.

She said she has decided to retire so she can spend more time with her family.

“I’m a grandma now,” she said. “I want to be able to be with the family and have some time for myself as well.

“I’ve worked weekdays from 6.30am to 2.30pm for all this time. Now Peter has retired as well, I feel it is time I do the same.”

She added: “I want to thank everyone who I have worked with. Without them I wouldn’t have been here for such a long time.

I really enjoyed my time there and I have some very fond memories. I will miss everyone very much.”

Peggy’s district manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, Michelle Moran, said: “I want to say a very big thank you for Peggy’s help and support over the many years in the catering service and I wish her all the best in the future.

“She was very dedicated to the school and I wish her the best of luck with all her future endeavours.”