Diana, who began her career at Pittards in 1967, was surrounded by friends and colleagues to mark the occasion of her retirement and hear how she joined “just for a week to see if she liked it”.

CEO Reg Hankey noted: “Diana has been a constant at Pittards throughout a significant and fast-changing period in our history.

“We should perhaps not be surprised that Diana decided to stay after that first week, the leather industry tends to fire a passion in people. It might be an anomaly in this day and age to remain so long with one company but both Pittards and the wider leather manufacturing world continue to value and nurture this ideal.”

In recent years, many would recognise Diana Turton as the face and voice of Pittards from her vantage point on reception, where she also looked after the switchboard.