A DEDICATED Leamington hotel employee has been awarded for his 35 years of service.
Martin Phillips, from Gaydon, first joined Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa in 1988 and celebrated his milestone anniversary with the company in October.
He has now been recognised by the hotel’s owners, The Eden Hotel Collection, as it held its inaugural ‘A Celebration of Our People’ awards to celebrate outstanding achievements from across the group.
Martin, who is officially the longest-serving employee out of more than 425 staff across the group, was presented with a certificate and a £300 gift voucher.
The 65-year-old is part of the housekeeping team at the four-star hotel on Harbury Lane and said he has no plans on hanging up his dusters yet.
He continued: “The awards were kept a surprise so it was a huge shock when I won the award for longest serving member of staff.
“I started at Mallory Court in 1988 when it was a ten-bed hotel, beginning on pot wash and moving to portering and then housekeeping, where I have been for more than 20 years.
“The hotel has changed a lot over the years but has been very kind to me and I have met some lovely people along the way – it’s become a home-from-home.
“We have a great team who work together and always have a laugh, whilst making people feel welcome.
“I am hoping to do 40 years and then I will bow out gracefully with lots of happy memories.”