A very happy 80th birthday to our popular checkout colleague Sheila Gill who's worked at our Wrexham store for 40 years!

Colleagues presented great-grandmother Sheila with gifts and a cake and decorated her till to mark her big day – and lots of customers stopped by to wish her many happy returns.

She said: "I was just overwhelmed with what they did for my birthday – it just shows how good everyone here is to me."

Sheila, who has five children, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, started working at the store in March 1978. She was married to her husband John from 1959 until he passed away in 2001.

"I enjoy my job very much," said Sheila. "I like meeting people and talking to them. I was in the old store down in the market place and families came in with their children. Now their children are grown up they come in with their own children to say hello! It's really interesting.

"I've made so many friends, everyone is just so nice. I enjoy coming out and meeting new people.

"I know a lot of the older customers are living on their own and they've got nobody to talk to. They come to do a bit of shopping for a break. It's good for me as well because I'm on my own. That's why I'm still working, it's much better than being stuck in the house.

"Of course I don't want to retire! I'm going to continue working for as long as I can I work three mornings a week and really enjoy it."


General store manager Shaun Leech said: "Sheila's a big favourite with colleagues and customers, so we wanted to do something special for her birthday. She's a lovely lady and is great at her job."

The store's community champion Mary Williams said: "Sheila is just wonderful. She's lovely, and a lot of our customers queue up just to go to her till.

"If we're holding any sort of fundraising activity in store like Tickled Pink, Sheila is always the first to get involved and lend a hand. We all think the world of her."