Potters Bar couple awarded for 40 years’ service to town

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 28 June 2018

Tesco Potters Bar pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel are rewarded for 40 years service. Picture: DANNY LOO

Tesco Potters Bar pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel are rewarded for 40 years service. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A Potters Bar couple that have been working in the town as pharmacists for 40 years have had their contributions recognised.

Tesco Potters Bar pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel (centre) with their team as they are rewarded for 40 years service. Picture: DANNY LOOTesco Potters Bar pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel (centre) with their team as they are rewarded for 40 years service. Picture: DANNY LOO

Avinashi and Gita Patel, 64 and 61 respectively, owned their own pharmacy in High Street from 1978 until Mutton Lane’s Tesco Superstore took over the couple’s NHS contract in 1996.

The supermarket then offered them continuous employment at its pharmacy, where they have been ever since.

Avinashi said they felt “wonderful and valued”, adding: “When we were awarded the 25-year service award we were told that we were the only couple in the entire company who had the same joining date.

“At that time the 40-year award seemed a long way away. We have been given £1,300 each in gift vouchers with a congratulation letter from CEO Dave Lewis.”

Tesco Potters Bar pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel (centre) with their team as they are rewarded for 40 years service. Picture: DANNY LOOTesco Potters Bar pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel (centre) with their team as they are rewarded for 40 years service. Picture: DANNY LOO

Brenda O’Connor, who has worked with the pair since 1993, was also a 25-year award.

L-R Tesco superintendent pharmacist Adrian Price presents Brenda O'Connor with her 25 year service award, Potters Bar store duty manager Matthew Little presents pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel with their award for 40 years service with category director-health and wellness Christopher Gee. Picture: DANNY LOOL-R Tesco superintendent pharmacist Adrian Price presents Brenda O'Connor with her 25 year service award, Potters Bar store duty manager Matthew Little presents pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel with their award for 40 years service with category director-health and wellness Christopher Gee. Picture: DANNY LOO

L-R Tesco superintendent pharmacist Adrian Price presents Brenda O'Connor with her 25 year service award, Potters Bar store duty manager Matthew Little presents pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel with their award for 40 years service with category director-health and wellness Christopher Gee. Picture: DANNY LOOL-R Tesco superintendent pharmacist Adrian Price presents Brenda O'Connor with her 25 year service award, Potters Bar store duty manager Matthew Little presents pharmacy managers Avinashi and Gita Patel with their award for 40 years service with category director-health and wellness Christopher Gee. Picture: DANNY LOO

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