Independent bids farewell to ‘longest-serving’ staff member

Linda Smith retires from the independent opticians after 30 years

Linda Smith and colleague Joanne Benfield

Assistant manager, Linda Smith (pictured left), has retired after more than three decades at independent optical group, Edmonds & Slatter.

Ms Smith, who joined the company in 1986, the same year that it was established, began as a part-time receptionist, progressing over the years to optical assistant, group administration manager, and, most recently, assistant manager of the group’s Lutterworth practice.

Reflecting on her time at Edmonds & Slatter, Ms Smith said she would miss the patients that she has built a strong rapport with over the years, adding that many have become friends over the years.

She told OT: “I will also miss the laughs with all the staff – as a company we have always had great fun at our social events. I have always maintained that you work as a team and would never ask someone to do something I wouldn’t do myself.”