FRIENDS, colleagues, next door neighbours - two women have retired from the Ramada Hotel, Solihull after almost 100 years’ service between them.
Sylvia Foxall, aged 76, and Nancy Marshall, aged 80, first got jobs washing dishes at the business, then called The George.
The friends, who live in Gaydon Road, Elmdon, have each clocked up 47 years at the hotel.
Grandmother-of-two Sylvia said they’d done every job going during their stint, which spanned six decades.
“We can honestly say that we’ve met so many wonderful people during our time here,” she said.
“I started just a few months before Nancy and we never dreamed we’d be here such a long time.
“You know what it’s like, you start a job and the next thing you know you’ve been there 25 years and then almost another 25.”
Making up bedrooms, working in the restaurant and pretty much every other part of the building, the friends continued well past the usual retirement age.
Nancy decided to hand in her notice when she turned 80 and the two ladies chose to bow out together.
“We’ve served under nine managers and quite a few breweries,” she said. “There have been so many laughs.”
Andy Cole, general manager, paid tribute to the pair, the hotel’s longest-serving members of staff. “These ladies have become such a large part of the hotel over the years, serving thousands of guests.”