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Coopers of Stortford bids farewell to stalwart Sue after 42 years

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Long-serving Coopers of Stortford employee Sue Ventre
Long-serving Coopers of Stortford employee Sue Ventre

A familiar face to Bishop's Stortford shoppers and millions of Coopers of Stortford catalogue customers across the country has retired after 42 years.

Sue Ventre has hung up her apron at the Bridge Street homeware and garden store where she was a stalwart of the cookshop.

The 78-year-old was born and brought up in Bishop’s Stortford and attended St Michael’s Church of England Primary School before moving to the Bishop’s Stortford Secondary Modern which once stood in the Causeway.

She joined the retail outlet when it was called Handscomb’s as a shop assistant. It later became Maslens and she was promoted to manager of the cookware department.

Her expertise often featured as recommendations for customers in the catalogue which Coopers distributes across the country as part of its mail order and online retail arm.

Sue said the biggest change during her four decades in the shop was the introduction of computerised tills and how much that affected the way the business worked.

She said she would miss all her colleagues and the thousands of customers she has had the pleasure of serving over the years.

Married and a mother of two, Sue has eight grandchildren and is looking forward to spending her retirement reading, walking, gardening and visiting family and friends.

Graham Burgess, head of marketing said: “We’ll really miss Sue’s warm and friendly smile when we come in in the morning. She was always helpful and willing to appear in the Coopers of Stortford catalogue recommending products and having her photo taken. And of course, we can’t go without mentioning how Sue was always so smartly dressed for work, a real example to all of us.”

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