Marty’s golden anniversary

This job is always hard work, but sometimes it is also a great pleasure.

And today I had the great pleasure of taking tea with the county council’s longest serving employee, Marty Whitehouse. Marty is celebrating her golden anniversary with us.

When Marty joined the authority on October 3 1960 Harold Macmillan was PM, Dwight D Eisenhower was President of the US and the Beatles were still looking for a recording contract.

Marty started working right at the beginning of the ICT revolution, inputting data into the county council’s first mainframe computer. 

You can see some of the original card index machines that Marty used in her old photographs. 150 cards a day were measured not counted I am reliably informed! And the computer had a handle on it! Apparently for multiplication you turned the handle the times you wanted.

She is still working in our admin team, helping to mentor young workers, even though she had the opportunity to retire several years ago.

Congratulations, and keep up the good work.

I have been attending a conference this week. The non-party political nature of this blog prevents me from saying which one. However I can say that having it within commuting distance has been a huge help and has generally meant I can work in Staffordshire in the morning and attend in the afternoon.

I got on the train at Birmingham New Street at 8.55pm on Monday and was home at just after 10 o’clock. You can’t manage that from Bournemouth.

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