Apr 13 2012 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
STAFF at an Ayr travel agent have clocked up an astonishing 150 years’ service between them.
The Thomas Cook team enjoyed celebratory drinks to mark the occasion.
Manager Louise Paton began her career in 1984 at Thomas Cook in Ayr at the High Street branch.
During her career, she also worked for Thomas Cook in Cumnock and Irvine, before returning to Ayr in 1998.
She is supported by a team of nine, including customer service manager Karen Robinson, who has 28 years’ experience and is the longest-serving staff member of Ayr Alloway Street branch.
Sales consultant Nicola Arthur has 24 years’ service. She is known for creating so much excitement while booking holidays that all the children want to take her with them.
Foreign exchange sales consultant Brian Griffiths has 14 years’ experience with Thomas Cook in Ayr and 20 years with another travel company in Irvine.
Sales consultant Kay Weatherston has 21 years’ service, with a speciality in long-haul trips.
Alana Boyle has 10 years of experience and is cruise co-ordinator; whereas colleague Phil Laycock, known for his vast knowledge of Gran Canaria, has 10 years’ experience.
Sales consultant Leanne Walters has nine years of experience, citing weddings and honeymoons as her speciality.
Colleague Musti Kombeci has four years of experience and has a great knowledge of Turkey, his home country.
Newest member Ben Ferrara joined the team in 2011.
Louise said: “It is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that people in the area keep coming back to book with us.
“The expertise and insight that 150 years of experience brings with it means our customers know they will get the right advice. I am delighted to be able to raise a glass with them. Here’s to another 150 years!”
l A TOP-level business delegation will be at the next meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
The event will take place at the Clydesdale Bank, in Ayr, at 10am on Tuesday, April 24.
The purpose of the meeting is to meet the Chinese delegates, who are anxious to seek out opportunities in Ayrshire.
Further opportunities to meet the delegation in an informal setting will be at the Scottish Grand National on Saturday, April 21, which will also be attended by the Chinese Consul General in Scotland and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, and thereafter at an evening reception at Dumfries House.
Anyone interested in attending should contact Murdoch MacDonald by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org