A FAMILIAR face at the Tesco Express store in Leamington retired this month after an incredible 48 years of service.
Michael Evans, who started work at the store in July 1974 when he was just 15-years-old, retired this month after almost half a century.
Michael, who is deaf and non-verbal, finished his career at Tesco working on Beers Wines and Spirits but has also worked in the produce department. He is a popular and well-known figure throughout Leamington.
Gary Lowe-Brown, manager at the Leamington store, said: “Michael will be remembered as a colleague with a great sense of humour and will be very much missed by all his friends and family at the store.
“One favourable memory for those who worked with Michael in his early years is the time he was pushed around the store on a children’s ride whilst pretending to be a cowboy.
“Throughout his 48 years of service, Michael has been loved by many and we will truly miss his kindness and humour at the store.
“We are grateful to everyone that was present on Michael’s final day to give him the send-off he deserves.”
Michael said: “I have very much enjoyed my time working for Tesco as the people I worked with have made it a fun place to work.
“Over the years disabilities have become more recognised and that has really allowed me to be myself and to get the support I need. I will miss the team but plan to pop in, especially for the Christmas lunch.”
Following his retirement, Michael plans to spend his time relaxing with friends and family as well as watching Cheltenham and his beloved Cardiff City Football Club.