Specsavers in South Shields celebrated in style recently as they marked the store’s 25th birthday.
The store’s director treated 21 staff members – some of whom have worked with the store since it opened – to a weekend away to Scotland’s capital city.
Trip to Scotland’s capital
The team travelled first class by train to Edinburgh for a fun packed day, which included lunch, a visit to The Edinburgh Dungeon, Mary King’s Close tour and ghost bus tour, dinner and an overnight stay in a hotel.
They also visited a comedy club, where the staff sprang a surprise on Brian by donning t-shirts featuring a photograph of their store director when he was 25 years younger.
Brian said: ‘It was a great weekend away and we all had a fantastic time – even if it was a little embarrassing when they unveiled those t-shirts in front of a comedy club audience.
'They’re a great bunch and I wanted to take them away for the weekend to express my thanks for twenty-five years of hard work and loyalty.'
Of the store’s 29 employees, seven have worked there since its opening in 1992 while 17 have worked there for more than a decade.
Staff member Gail Miles, who has worked at the store for almost 17 years, said: 'In Specsavers every day is a different day. We have a fantastic team, ranging from young apprentices to long-servers.
'It’s a fun place to work and when staff join us they like to stay. People don’t tend to want to retire because they love working here.'
All staff were invited on the Edinburgh trip and those who couldn’t make it were each given a bottle of champagne.