Accounts clerk tots up 50 years at Buxton’s Potters store

Anne Thompson, fifty years as the book keeper for Potters
Anne Thompson, fifty years as the book keeper for Potters

Anne Thompson is celebrating after totting up a 50th year at Buxton department store Potters.

The accounts clerk has been crunching the numbers at the Terrace Road store ever since starting out as a 15-year-old back in August 1965.

Now, after toasting a half century in the job, Anne has been reflecting on her time in the role.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years,” she said.

“I worked for Harold Cole and then he retired in 1971, which is when Roy Nuttall took over.

“He then retired and John (son) took over.

“His son Matthew has now joined so I’ve worked for three generations of the same family!”

Anne, who lives with her husband Bernard at their home in Crowdecote, says she has never had the desire to leave the family-run store because of its “family feel.”

She said: “There’s always been a family feel and they’ve always treated me like family here.

“Someone wanted me to go elsewhere once.

“It was in the 1960s when I’d had my first child and I thought that I might have to leave.

“But Mr Nuttall was understanding and asked if I’d like to do work from home and just come in to fit around me.”

With regards to the future, the 65-year-old is intending to retire next year but says that technology has not yet taken over her working life.

She added: “The only time I use a computer or go online is when I do payments.

“The rest is book work!”