Saturday, February 20, 2010
career in the same store - world record set by Roy Goggs
HUDDERSFIELD, West Yorks, UK -- Roy Goggs,
80, is still going strong 70 years after starting work in
the store he now owns as an errand boy , setting the world record for the Longest
career in the same store.
Photo: Roy Goggs started work as an errand
boy at his shop in Huddersfield aged ten, earning 50p a week.
He said: "I've stuck at it because I enjoy
my job. And I like meeting people."
Cheery Roy Goggs began working at his
corner shop in January 1940 while the Second World War was
in its infancy and even before the Blitz descended on the
From "a small lad in short pants" at the tender
age of 10, seven decades on as an 80-year-old grandfather-of-four,
hard-working Roy is still open all hours having owned the
shop for 57 years.
Roy, 80, said: 'I was the youngest of
three brothers so I used to get their old bikes. I wanted
a new bike so I went to the shop and asked the owner, George
Symes, if I could work for him.
'I was only a small lad in short pants
so he told me to clear off. The next week I came back with
a wheelbarrow and he took me on for 10 shillings a week.'
Roy started out as an errand boy, delivering groceries and
flowers around the streets of Crosland Moor in Huddersfield,
He said: 'I used to get a tip from every
house I visited, a piece of cake or something like that. It
was long before supermarkets started.' Roy remembers his old
He said: 'George Symes was quite a character.
He was an Irishman who always wore a pork pie hat and bow-tie.
Every morning I would put the goods out and make him a cup
of tea while he sat there picking his winners for the day's
Mr Symes died in 1953, leaving half
the shop in Crosland Moor to Roy and the other half to his
Roy said: 'She wasn't interested so I bought
her out. It has always been a lovely place to run, everyone
has always been friendly but my regulars have dried up a bit
over the years. 'I've changed the shop a little bit, put in
some bay windows to make it look a bit bigger.'
The father-of-two, who lives in Huddersfield
with his wife of 56 years Valerie Jean, 76, said that business
has slowed down over the years.
He said: 'It was a good business but it's
slowly got less and less. Last year I had to make the girl
who works for me redundant unfortunately. It isn't easy because
there are five mini-markets round me so I've tried to diversify.
'I've started stocking herbal tonics from
Ireland and Canada which have been popular. But we lose trade
when older people die because the younger ones shop in supermarkets.'
Despite the problems, Roy has no immediate plans to sell up.
He said: 'I've no plans to retire.
As long as I can get a little bit extra on top of my pension,
I'll be happy. 'I always said I would pack it in if it got
stressful but I'm happy here. I've stuck at it because I enjoy
my job. I like meeting people.'
Roy remains a keen sportsman who has been
a member of Crosland Heath Golf Club for the last 56 years.
He was also a keen runner in his youth once defeating future
world record mile runner Derek Ibbotson.
He said: 'We were both in Longwood Harriers
in the 1950s. I remember beating Derek in the track championship
in 1952 over a quarter of a mile.'
He won an Examiner Community Award
in 2001 for his high quality of service and continues to work,
despite his 80 years, saying heíll carry on while he enjoys
Letís hope he enjoys it for
many years to come.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010