BARMAID Jean Holland has raised a glass to 30 years of pulling pints at a Wearside pub.
The 62-year-old started behind the bar of The Golden Lion, in Houghton, on June 1, 1982, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and Britain was engaged in the Falklands War with Argentina.
So what has kept her at the Broadway establishment for so long?
“I just thoroughly enjoy it,” said Jean, a mum-of-four, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of one.
“All the customers are fantastic, even though you get the odd bad one.”
Jean, who is married to John, 63, added that she plans to finish her working life at ‘The Gold’, as it is often referred to.
“Some of the customers say that when I drop off they’ll have me stuffed and stick me in the corner of the pub!”
Current landlord Paul Thompson is the 13th Jean has worked under at the ale house.
She cheekily describes him as “one of the better” bosses she has worked for.
Paul, who has been in charge of the boozer for the past four-and-half-years, said Jean has always done a professional job and never let him down.
“With the coming and going of different landlords here she’s been laid off a few times, so the anniversary isn’t a completely unbroken 30 years,” said Paul.
“But she’s always been taken back on.
“She gets on well with the customers because they can see she calls a spade a spade.”
Jean was not working on the anniversary and planned to relax and unwind instead.
“I might just see what it’s like on the other side of the bar for a change,” said Jean.
June 1, 1982
l British troops made final preparations to take control of Port Stanley in the Falklands War.
l The Echo carried a four-page supplement on Pope John Paul II’s visit to the UK, the first pontiff to do so.
l The England football team, managed by Ron Greenwood, were about to start their 1982 World Cup campaign in Spain.