Fond farewell as school cook Margy hangs up her ladle

Executive headteacher Sir Ken Gibson leads the fond farewell to Harton cook Margy Hall.
Executive headteacher Sir Ken Gibson leads the fond farewell to Harton cook Margy Hall.

A SCHOOL cook has retired after spending 26 years on lunch duty at a South Tyneside school.

Margaret Hall, known as Margy at Harton Technology College, started work with the South Tyneside catering service in September 1988 as a kitchen assistant.

Margy Hall receives farewell gifts from her colleagues at Harton Technology College.

Margy Hall receives farewell gifts from her colleagues at Harton Technology College.

She originally worked for two hours a day, serving meals and washing up at the South Shields school, and by 1992, was a full-time member of the team.

Margy, who lives near the school, said: “Harton Technology College is a lovely school and I have worked for 26 years alongside a great team of girls.

“I will miss everyone, especially the children and the dining hall team, but I am really looking forward to taking it easy.”

Joan Matthews, area catering manager, said: “Over the years Margaret has seen many changes in the school meal service and indeed the kitchen and dining areas.

Retired school cook Margy Hall

I will miss everyone, especially the children and the dining hall team, but I am really looking forward to taking it easy.

“She has been an invaluable support over the last eight years to Joan Duff, the cook-in-charge, and will be sadly missed by Joan and the team. The time has now come for Margaret to hang up her hat and enjoy a well-earned rest.”

Margy settled in at Harton and became well-known throughout the school for her pastry dishes, with her pies and quiches said to be “second to none”.

Sir Ken Gibson, executive headteacher, added: “Margaret has been a wonderful member of the Harton staff for the past 26 years, and on behalf of the students, staff, parents and governors,

“I would like to thank Margaret for her marvellous work and to wish her a fabulous and well-earned retirement.”

Margy Hall is retiring after 26 years as a cook at Harton Technology College.

Margy Hall is retiring after 26 years as a cook at Harton Technology College.

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