Doreen hanging up her pinny ... at 80!

Care worker Doreen Blackledge is retiring at age 80 from her job at St Stephen's Nursing Home.  She is pictured with staff members and the Mayor of Blackpool Val Haynes and consort Alan Haynes.

Care worker Doreen Blackledge is retiring at age 80 from her job at St Stephen's Nursing Home. She is pictured with staff members and the Mayor of Blackpool Val Haynes and consort Alan Haynes.

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Most of us cannot wait to retire – but not Doreen Blackledge.

The sprightly pensioner is only just hanging up her pinny after reaching the grand age of 80!

And she is following in a family tradition, as her own father worked until he was 78.

Doreen, of Hawes Side Lane, Marton, has worked at St Stephen’s Nursing Home, St Stephen’s Avenue, North Shore, for 38 years.

She said: “I was the manager there and I asked if I should finish at the age of 60, but they said ‘no’ you are stopping on.

“I stood down from being manager, but stayed on helping in the kitchen and helping to feed the residents.

“I have loved every minute and the Bell family who own and run the home have been wonderful to work for.

“I am up at 5.30am and, although I’m not due in work until 8am, I am always there by 7.10am.”

Despite stepping down, Doreen, who has four children and six grandchildren, still plans to remain active.

She added: “Luckily I’m very fit although as you get older you do get some aches and pains.

“But I would still like to do some voluntary work. So I am going to have a little holiday and then see if I can work in a charity shop or something.

“My father worked until he was 78.

“He was an insurance agent in London for the Salvation Army, and when he retired he got a job with a bank as a messenger boy, and he was running around everywhere in his 70s.”

Before moving to Blackpool, Doreen worked as an auxiliary nurse at a hospital in Bournemouth.

Family and friends will travel from France and Portugal to join Doreen when she celebrates her birthday tomorrow.