Stourport shoe shop worker steps up to 60 years

IF THE SHOE FITS: Rita Browning has spent 60 years working at Blunts shoes.

IF THE SHOE FITS: Rita Browning has spent 60 years working at Blunts shoes. Buy this photo

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A STOURPORT shop worker who got her foot in the door aged 15 is celebrating after working for the same company for 60 years.

Rita Browning, 75, has worked for Blunts Shoes since she left school and said she has no intention of retiring anytime soon.

The former manager, who now works part-time, started off at Blunts in Kidderminster before moving to the Stourport store 50 years ago.

She said: "I wouldn't be still here if I didn't enjoy it. I like meeting the people and now, I'm getting the same people back who are married with their own children and they say, 'you used to fit my shoes'."

Mrs Browning used to help Blunts Shoes open their new shops but has now cut her hours to just two days a week.

She added: "The company hasn't changed, it's a still a family business. We do eBay now but that's the only thing that's different."

Mrs Browning was given flowers and cards by her colleagues and a representative from shoe firm Clarks visited the store with a bottle of champagne.

"I've always enjoyed it," she added. "I've never thought of moving. It's been one big happy family."

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