Mornflake staff have bid farewell to one of the company's longest serving employees.
Chris Porter, 66, was honoured with a surprise party and presentation of gifts after notching up more than 50 years at the famous breakfast foods company.
The Crewe gran started her career in the office of the former Walter Brown flour mill back in |January, 1962 on leaving the town's Ludford Street Secondary School.
Staying in the office when it was taken over by the porridge-makers the same year, her career involved several roles including accounts, wages clerk, secretary and credit control.
In recent years, Mrs Porter has played a key role as intake administrator, coordinating the lorries that arrive on site laden with the oats which make the Mornflake porridge products seen on supermarket shelves up and down the country. To the Grain trade she became the voice of Mornflake, making friends throughout the United Kingdom.
Apart from taking time off to have her son, Steven, 32, her service has been unbroken.
Colleagues and Mornflake Managing Director John Lea, organised a party bash in the Gresty Road building, inviting all staff and former members of staff who have retired over the years.
"Mornflake has been a smashing family firm to work for. No one here feels like a number, more like part of a big family.
"After travelling down Gresty Road since a girl of 15 to come to work, it was quite emotional leaving. But it was lovely to see all my friends who have retired and the gifts were especially generous."
She was showered with cards and presents including a Rotary watch and compact camera and flowers.
The keen gardener has plenty to keep her occupied in her retirement including spending time with her grandchildren, Harry, eight, and Billy, six, as well as her new Golden Retriever puppy, Cindy, eight months.
And it's not goodbye for Chris as she will pop in to get her porridge supplies from the shop on site. Her husband Harry, a retired railway worker, eats it every night for his supper - with jam on.
Managing Director, John Lea, said:
"In an era when we are constantly told that it's not possible to spend a lifetime working for the same Company, we are delighted to be bucking that trend.
"Our culture is one of face-to-face relationships and long-standing relationships. Many of our employees have been with us for decades, Chris being one of the longest.
"She has played an important role in the company for many years and we wish her a very happy and long retirement."