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Fox's Rose clocks up 55 years' service

Harold Macmillian was Prime Minister, Teddy Boys were the teen craze and the average house cost £2,400....the world has changed a lot since 1959 - except one Fox’s Biscuits wonder worker who is still going strong – 55 years on!

Friends at Fox’s Biscuits sprang a surprise presentation on colleague Rose Mobley, who lives in the Stramshall area of Uttoxeter, earlier this month to celebrate the incredible years of long service.

Rose started working at the Uttoxeter factory the day after her 15th birthday in August 1959 and back then the site made cake, not biscuits.

But over the years Rose, aged 70 has turned her hand to most jobs from icing biscuits to mixing dough and even a spell driving trucks around the site.

Kevin Hand, general manager at Fox’s said: “By anyone’s reckoning this is an incredible and unprecedented achievement. We’re very lucky to have many loyal people working at Fox’s but Rose is an inspiration to us all. We’re delighted to help her celebrate this special milestone in her working life. Long may she continue working at Fox’s.”

Summing the last 55 years up, Rose said: “It’s been a pleasure to come to work, a joy. There have been so many good times… I remember we used to play our own records; we didn’t have the wireless back then. We used to put our records on in the factory and have a sing song while we made biscuits. I remember these as the best times, we worked but we had a laugh, all singing along together.”

Rose, who currently helps make cream biscuits, such as bourbons, was presented with a pewter tankard and a specially decorated cake at a special ceremony in the boardroom honouring her long service achievement.

Incredibly, Rose has no plans to take it easy any time soon and said: “Who knows, I might be here for my 60th anniversary. I’ve got my health and my strength and I don’t like being idle. I like my job and I live from day to day. I don’t think of the future, I just see what each day brings.”