TWO COLLEAGUES with a combined 36 years’ service at a town centre solicitors timed their retirements to finish work ‘Thelma and Louise’ style on the same day.
Such is the friendship and working partnership between Valerie Warner and Carol Evans they pledged to retire together because they ‘can’t work without each other’.
This meant Carol delayed her retirement from Wallace Robinson & Morgan Solicitors until Valerie’s leaving date at the end of April.
Valerie has been with the company since 2001 and leaves as head of its private client department, dealing with wills, probate and power of attorney.
She has been supported by legal secretary Carol for all those years.
“They’re like Thelma and Louise, running off into the sunset together – but they assure me they won’t be driving off any cliffs,” said Helen Gamble, Practice Support Manager.
“We wanted to say a proper good-bye and thank you to Valerie and Carol, so we booked a room at a local hotel and 40 staff enjoyed a chocolate experience with a quiz all about chocolate and tasting sessions in teams. It was a great send-off and something a little bit different.”
Valerie’s retirement plans involve a holiday in California to see her daughter while Carol plans to enjoy her love of antiques by attending fairs and events.
“Carol and I had our ‘Thelma and Louise’ leaving pact for a while because we can’t work without each other,” said Valerie.
“I’ve enjoyed my 21 years with the business and now I plan to start enjoying my free time.
“Next week we’re off to California to meet our daughter who lives in Australia.”
Carol added: “I’m planning to have a rest for a couple of months and then we’re going on holiday to Ireland. My husband and I plan to travel around the country attending antiques fairs.”