Darley's barmaid Sandra Parkinson calls time after 39 years at pub
SHE has been a familiar face behind for bar for almost four decades.
Now barmaid Sandra Parkinson is preparing to pull her last pint ahead of her retirement next month.
She started work at Darley's in Boothferry Road, Hessle, in August 1973, later taking on more roles and responsibilities.
Sandra said she has many happy memories to treasure but she won't be a stranger.
"You put on a smile and let people talk," she said.
"I have always liked football and rugby and I have always got on with people at the bar, having a laugh about that.
"I will still come in for a drink and to see everybody."
Sandra, 69, has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity over the past 39 years, organising darts marathons, race nights and even a ride to Barton-upon-Humber on a 12-seater bike.
Charities to benefit include Dove House Hospice, the breast care unit at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help For Heroes.
Sandra, of Hessle, who has reduced her hours to seven each week, said she has seen a lot of changes at the pub over the years, including the layout of the venue and staff. She said: "You miss the functions. But it's busier now with food and drinks and more people bring their children in.
"I have enjoyed working here. You have to go with the flow. But I have got on with all of the managers."
Sandra initially worked for George and Terry Foster, who ran the pub from 1960 to 1986, followed by Glenn and Anita Rangeley for more than ten years and other short-term and relief managers before Martin and Debbie McCart took over 12 years ago.
Regulars gathered in the pub at the weekend for a party to wish Sandra a happy retirement and also bid farewell to Martin and Debbie, who have moved to run the newly built Sword Dancer pub in Handsworth, Sheffield.
The move will enable them to be closer to their family and their new pub is to open on Monday, October 29.
Debbie, 45, said: "We made some good friends along the way and I was sad to leave. But we are only 45 minutes away and we will definitely keep in touch."
Debbie said some of her favourite memories include pool and darts nights and she even had her head shaved twice – once to raise money for Dove House Hospice and another time to help Castle Hill Hospital.
A new permanent manager has not yet been appointed at Darley's.
Debbie said: "It's a fabulous pub. Whoever gets it had better look after my regulars. I'm not far away."