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Gifts mark 40 years for Newmarket superstore veteran




Long serving Tesco employee David Ling receives a presentation from store manager Alistair Thomson (centre back) and colleagues at the Newmarket supermarket
Long serving Tesco employee David Ling receives a presentation from store manager Alistair Thomson (centre back) and colleagues at the Newmarket supermarket

A long-serving Tesco employee has celebrated 40 years’ service with colleagues at the Newmarket superstore.

David Ling started work for Tesco when the shop was tucked away in Hammond Close, off the Exning Road. It had been purchased from owners Cartiers Supermarket whose existing staff, including David, went to Tesco as part of the deal.

At 24, David was already a veteran of five different supermarkets in Newmarket, having started at Fine Fare in the High Street in 1969. When it was taken over by Shoppers Paradise in 1975, he decided not to stay because the new store, famous for its rough and ready presentation of goods, had no fruit and vegetable department, which was where he enjoyed working.

He took a job at SoCold – the first supermarket to occupy the Hammond Close site – stayed on when it briefly became Astromarket and changed employers again in the shop’s last ownership before Tesco when it was Cartiers.

At Tesco, David became produce manager, a post he held until 2000 when a back injury saw him move to checkouts where he has stayed ever since.

“I love it,” said David, who was described by manager Alistair Thomson as popular with customer and colleagues. “It’s a good company to work for and I’ve made a lot of friends.”

David was presented with £1,300 in gift cards, a large chocolate cake which he shared with colleagues and his 40-year badge. “Alistair also gave me my gold and silver customer service badges. I already had bronze and he said it was about time I had the whole set,” said David.