Colleagues at our Cramlington store say Kim Douglas from the cash office is like royalty to them – so as she celebrated an incredible 45 years of service at the same time as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee they arranged a special party to mark the occasion.
Kim, who's 61, started work at the store straight from school. It was originally a Co-op before Asda took it over 20 years ago.
She said: "Forty-five years seems a long time, but it just doesn't feel it! I enjoy it just as much now as I did when I first started. There have been quite a few changes over the years... when I started who would have thought that you'd be able to pay for your shopping on your watch!
"We're a very friendly store – like one big happy family. Everyone looks out for each other. Although I work in the cash office I know a lot of the customers as I only live five minutes from he store. When I'm on the shop floor going to at checkouts or the kiosk I'm always bumping into people I know."
The store held a party in her honour during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations which was attended by Kim's daughter Amber and grand-daughter Frankie, who's four.
Jackie Burt, the store's community champion, said: "Kim is our very own Asda Queen. She is an absolute legend and nothing is too much bother when you ask for something. She is loved by colleagues and customers. We all love her and hope she serves many more years with us."
Kim's parents, Maurice and Elizabeth Wrightson, both worked at Co-op stores in the Cramlington area and, as Kim was just about to leave Seaton Burn High School, she wrote to head office asking for a job and got one in Cramlington itself.
She said: "I was officially still at school when I started and I remember having to take two half days off so I could sit exams! I started off in produce and then did checkouts, kiosk and the deli before moving into an admin role. I was in the same building from 1977 to 1983 until we moved into new premises in the shopping centre and then Asda took over in 2002."
Thank you Kim for your exceptional service.