IT was a sad day at a Solihull pub on Thursday (May 6) when popular barmaid Maureen Marshall pulled her last pint before retiring.
The cheery 74-year old has poured many a beer and a dram or two in her 26 years at The Masons Arms on the High Street but this week she called last orders for good.
At a retirement party organised by her bosses, the Monkspath resident said: “I still love the job but I decided I needed to be at home more instead of rushing around. I have made loads of friends, nobody wants me to leave.
“I forget names but I don’t forget people’s drinks. When I see my customers walking past the window, I have their drinks ready for them.”
The mother of two fell into barwork when her children were younger. A nursery nurse originally, she took on a cleaning job at Olton Hall now the Olton Tavern in Lode Lane, where the manager talked her into working behind the bar. That was in 1983 and some 37 years later, Maureen, who has six grandsons, is only now slowing down.
Ryan Pallet, Manager of the Masons Arms added: “Maureen is a model employee. She is always early and knows what all the customers drink. The front bar is known as Mo’s Bar so it will be a bit strange not seeing her.”
And as their favourite barmaid jets off to Tenerife with husband Brian for a well earned holiday and maybe a glass of her favourite tipple, a small sherry, regulars at the Mason’s Arms are sure to be raising a glass to Mo.