Waitrose Celebrates 40th Anniversay

Current Branch Manager Matthew Street with the Wombles

Current Branch Manager Matthew Street with the Wombles

Crowborough Waitrose marked its 40th anniversary in style.  The Crowborough store opening on 8th October 1974.

On Wednesday evening over 200 partners and customers attended a special event.  There was a buffet as well as tastings from local cheese, wine and beer suppliers.

Entertainments were provided by Mayfield Brass band, ably supported by partners Adam Kemp, Tom Kemp and Ollie Tomlinson.  There was also a guest appearance by the Wombles who had a hit song in 1974.

Branch Manager Matthew Street also highlighted how the Wombles and Waitrose are linked in a “keep Britain tidy campaign” which will see partners helping to clear some rubbish later this month in Crowborough:

In the last couple of years we have sent Partners to help a dementia club, local primary schools, brownies, the National Trust, the Horder centre and Folley wildlife.  Every year we give £12,000 away to local organisations through our green token scheme.

Matthew Street also unveiled a picture of the branch made up with the faces of the Partners who work there.  The Mayor and Mayoress Ron and Lynne Reed were there to judge a homemade chocolate cake competition – they had the difficult task of selecting the top 3 from a large number of partner entries.

The Mayor and John Cousins also cut a special anniversary cake created by Partner Samantha Woods.  John is the longest serving partner having worked continuously at the branch for the last 36 years.

Mayor Ron Reed and John Cousins (oldest serving partner) cutting the anniversay cake

Mayor Ron Reed and John Cousins (oldest serving partner) cutting the anniversay cake

Speeches were also made by previous branch managers, Tony Charlton and Jo Raisey as well as Tony Paine who was previously area manager for 20 years.

The first 40 My Waitrose customers were given a free bottle of Cava to help make the evening even more special.

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