Farewell to Drakes’ employee after 47 years

Keith Butcher retires from managerial role having joined biz in 1966.

Drakes Fine Jeweller in Plymouth has wished a fond farewell to Keith Butcher, a staff member of 47 years who retired earlier this month.

Butcher joined the company as a sales assistant in 1966, becoming an NAG qualified valuer and later a store manager. His most recent role was as development manager at Drakes. He said of his retirement: "If I could have one wish, it would be to return to 1966 and do it all again."

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Drakes held a farewell dinner for Butcher on August 2, congregating all of its staff at Chloe’s restaurant in Plymouth. Drakes director Andrew Hirshman said: “Keith had a great rapport both with his customers and the Drakes team alike. He is a great character, a legend in fact."

Hirshman’s sister and fellow director Monique Hirshman spoke of Butcher’s dedication over the years, adding that "everyone has learnt so much from him and he will always be a friend of Drakes and our family".

The goodbye dinner included speeches from various staff members and Butcher was presented with gifts as a thank you for all of his work with Drakes.

Drakes managing director John Hirshman said: “Keith’s incredible knowledge and fantastic customer service has made him an asset to our business and we will all miss him. I would like to say a huge thank you to Keith – two little words with a long meaning behind them."



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