Former Lord Mayor of Hull Elaine Garland celebrates 25 years as manager of Lake View Manor care home
SHE has been the mayor and Deputy Lord Lieutenant and had tea with the Queen.
Now, Elaine Garland can add 25 years as the manager of Lake View Manor care home to her list of achievements.
She celebrated the milestone with champagne, a buffet and the ceremonial cutting of a specially made cake with the 26 residents.
Elaine, 60, said: "I've made the job my life.
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"In any job, it's a long time, but in residential management, it's uncommon because it's extremely hard and stressful.
"It's all about training and making sure the girls are focused and getting development."
Originally looking to be a nurse, she was drawn to the job of matron at the Pearson Park home.
When she started, she wanted to be "a better looking Hattie Jacques".
Elaine said: "I never left, because I love the job."
She said the care home has a family atmosphere and most of the 26 staff have been there for many years.
Alongside her commitment to the home, Elaine was a politician for 12 years and the first Liberal Democrat mayor of the city in 2009.
She gave up politics last year and her colleagues joked she would be able to have a social life then.
But in September, she was made an honorary alderman, and given the title of Deputy Lord Lieutenant.
Elaine said: "I do a lot for the city and it's an absolutely wonderful honour.
"Everything I do is down to hard work, dedication and commitment, and really loving my fellow man."
Elaine said the Deputy Lord Lieutenant role doesn't take up as much time as her mayoral role but she still does not have time to stop.
Elaine said: "I fell asleep at the hairdressers while the colour was on my hair. It's a tiring job but I love it."
She has had a varied career, starting as a secretary for more than 16 years at a shipping company then a beauty consultant at Boots before Elaine decided she wanted to do something more worthwhile.
She said: "I've wanted to do well all my life and do the best that I can."
Her mum died 18 years ago and did not see her become a politician.
Elaine said: "I hope she's watching me from above. I know she would be proud."
"For a girl from Hull, I've done good."
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