A SUPERMARKET worker is leaving the shopping aisles behind for the final time as he retires after nearly four decades of service.
Michael Goughan, 61, of Tunstall, has completed 38 years of service at Asda, in the Galleries, Washington.
He has worked on the deli counter from the time when the store was Woolco, then Gateway, before it changed to Asda.
Michael, who is married to Jean, 58, and has a stepdaughter, Alison, 35, said: “I will miss the place.
“It will take a while for me to readjust but I’m sure I will get there.”
Michael said he would take a well-earned rest before deciding what to do in his retirment. “I am just going to take it as it comes,” he said.
“I’m just going to finish off and see how it goes.”
Maureen Wallwork, community colleague at Asda, paid tribute to Michael.
“He is an absolute stalwart of the store,” she said.
“When I started many years ago I worked with him and he has become part of the fixtures here.
“He is very, very well liked by all colleagues and they respect him.”
Tears were shed as staff said goodbye to Michael at a party for him.
Maureen added: “He will definitely leave a gap in my life.
“And I will miss him because he’s such a good friend.”