It was an emotional day for staff at a pub in Chester-le-Street, when they said goodbye to a cleaner who worked at The Red Lion for 40 years. Sheila Nicholson, retired at the age of 71. She worked her first shift in 1972, when she took over from her mother.
Sheila Nicholson is retiring at the age of 71, having started work at The Red Lion pub in Chester-le-Street since 1972 - when she took over from her mother.
There will be a celebration party at the pub for Mrs Nicholson and some of the regulars.
– Red Lion manager Jill Harkness
"Shelia is one of the best people I know.
She's such a lovely person and the team and I will be so sad to see her go. It's always a pleasure to come down in the morning and see Shelia.
She's an important part of the success of the pub and with her passion to making sure the pub is spotless; she leaves some very big shoes to fill.
There's no smudge, smear or dust that she can't spot."
A cleaner has hung up her duster after 41 years at the same County Durham pub.
71-year-old Sheila Nicholson worked six days a week until 18 months ago at the Red Lion in Chester-le-Street.
The great-grandmother still worked five days a week, starting six-hour shifts at 6am.
Working at the Red Lion in Front Street runs in her family, as her mother worked there for 25 years.
Mrs Nicholson, who has four sons, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, is known for her thorough cleaning.
– Sheila Nicholson
"I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I am going to miss the people. But I will still pop in to keep an eye on things."
She agreed that people nowadays may not have such a strong work ethic, but conceded: "May be that's just the age I am now."