The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

DER­WENT Val­ley res­i­dent An­nette Walsh is pre­par­ing to “cheque-out” of her 43year ca­reer with the New Nor­folk Com­mon­wealth Bank — which she be­gan at the age of 15.

The 58-year-old cus­tomer ser­vice agent, who first started at the High St branch in 1975, said the time felt right to move into re­tire­ment after a long and en­joy­able ca­reer at the bank.

“I’m at that age now where I’m still young enough to do other things,” she said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to do­ing a bit of trav­el­ling with my hus­band who is also mov­ing into re­tire­ment.”

Ms Walsh, who also spent a cou­ple years work­ing at the Ho­bart branch, said serv­ing the New Nor­folk com­mu­nity would be what she would miss most.

“I feel like I’ve made a num­ber of friends work­ing in the bank,” she said.

“The con­tact and re­la­tion­ships I made with cus­tomers and col­leagues are mem­o­ries I’ll keep with me. There were also many changes I saw over the 43 years, par­tic­u­larly around the bank’s tran­si­tion to on­line bank­ing.”

Long-time Com­mon­wealth Bank cus­tomer Bar­bara Hig­gins said the com­mu­nity would greatly miss Ms Walsh’s friendly ser­vice.

“She’s been a great ser­vant to all her cus­tomers, greeted us with a smile, ad­vised us, and been fault­less from a cus­tomer point of view,” Ms Hig­gins said. “She’ll be sadly missed.” Ms Walsh fin­ishes on De­cem­ber 7.

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