When Geoff Baines started his career with Spar, the average salary was £1,168 a year, house prices were around £3,360 and a pint of beer would set you back a shilling.
Now, after exactly 50 years working for the same company, Geoff Baines is raising a glass to his retirement.
Geoff, from Station Road, Bamber Bridge, started working for James Hall & Company, one of the five Spar regional distribution centres in the UK as a good receiver on April 14, 1964.
After five years, he moved over to working as a picker for 23 years, then spent the next 10 years in the fresh food department before moving onto general warehouse duties until April 14, this year when he finally hung up his uniform.
Geoff said: “When I first started working for the company, I hadn’t planned on stopping there for 50 years!
“In those days it was easy to find work, you could finish one job on the Friday night and be in another the following Monday.
“When you went for an interview, all you needed to do was give your name, address, phone number and you were starting – there was none of the rigmarole there is nowadays with health and safety and testing.”
The 71-year-old was presented with a Royal Doulton Glass Decanter set, an engraved silver plate and a bottle of single malt whiskey from the heads of the company, Ian and Andrew Hall, brothers of James Hall, at the company’s Bluebell Way centre in Fulwood, before heading out for a pub lunch with his cousin, David.
Geoff said: “There were about 1,000 people there at my presentation and I went into the boardroom too to have a chat with Ian and Andrew. I’ve really enjoyed my time working for the company and have made lots of friends.
“It was a brilliant day.”