"Wrights has been a part of my life for 28 years and a part of my familys lives for many more "
Wrights Food Group “legend” Marion Taylor has retired after almost three decades of serving the Crewe manufacturer’s bakery store customers, with an emotional farewell from colleagues and friends.
Marion, known as Maz, received a double send-off marking 28 years working across Wrights’ 15 Stoke-on-Trent based bakery stores.
As Wrights’ current longest serving member of staff, Marion received a presentation at the Weston Road head office from chairman Peter Wright, followed by a farewell gathering with colleagues and customers at the Tunstall store in Stoke-on-Trent where she has worked since 1993.
“Wrights has been a part of my life for 28 years and a part of my family’s lives for many more,” said Maz whose mother Vera used to bring a Wrights meat and potato pie home every day after work.
“I’ve loved working across the Wrights stores, meeting so many people, working with a wonderful team and being part of a business which has family at its heart. I’ve never not wanted to go to work and never wanted a day off. I’m going to miss everyone terribly but they’ve all been so kind and incredibly generous giving me a wonderful send off.”
Last week, Marion was joined by colleagues and customers for her celebratory send off which included flowers, balloons, an afternoon tea and spa voucher and an apron signed by 40 staff from all 15 Wrights bakery stores. Customer of 23 years, Andy Dean, described Marion as “an absolute legend” who “offered comfort and care through her smile”.
Wrights Food Group Chairman Peter Wright added: “Marion has played an important role in the company’s retail success over the years to which the Wrights family is eternally grateful. Her contribution has enabled us to become one of the UK’s leading family-owned food businesses.
“In sticking to her principals in life and honouring an incredible commitment to the business for 28 years, Marion has delivered outstanding customer service. It’s been an absolute pleasure working together and we hope retirement means spending more time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow.”
Wrights Food Group has been a local employer in Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent since the business began in 1926 when Jack and Lizzie Wright sold pies to neighbours from their Stoke-on-Trent doorstep. Based across two manufacturing sites in Crewe, the company’s 600 strong workforce manufactures and distributes savoury products, confectionery and ready meals into retail and hospitality sectors.