Sur­prise birth­day lunch was on the menu for Agnes

Chef helped make her own buf­fet with­out re­al­is­ing

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ali­son Ren­nie

A long- serv­ing mem­ber of staff at a busy ho­tel was given a sur­prise birth­day buf­fet – which she made her­self.

Agnes Cor­ri­gan is a break­fast chef at the Nor­mandy Ho­tel, in Ren­frew, and has been there on and off since she was 17- years-old.

She cel­e­brated her 65th birth­day ear­lier this week and her col­leagues de­cided to throw her a sur­prise birth­day lunch.

But they asked Agnes to pre­pare the buf­fet to stop her guess­ing what was go­ing on.

Agnes has spent most of the past 48 years of her work­ing life at the ho­tel and gen­eral man­ager Par­min­der Pure­wal said: “We led her up the gar­den path a bit.

“We had to ask her to stay in af­ter her shift and make a staff lunch while we were pre­par­ing the room for her.

We led her up the gar­den path a bit. It was a com­plete sur­prise Par­min­der Pure­wal

“We thought she would catch on oth­er­wise.

“All the staff chipped in and we gave her some money. She’s a val­ued mem­ber of staff here and we were happy to do this for her.”

He added: “We gave her a guard of hon­our lineup as she came in. She ac­tu­ally burst into tears, I don’t think she’s had any­thing like this be­fore. “It was a com­plete sur­prise.” Agnes, who lives across the road from the ho­tel in Kirk­land­neuk, started there as a wait­ress in the steak­house when it was owned by Stakis.

She was asked to work in the kitchen one night when they were short staffed and she never left.

She now works as a break­fast chef with early morn­ing shifts start­ing at 5am till 1pm.

“Ev­ery day it’s dif­fer­ent,” she said. “I’m used to the early morn­ings and it’s handy for me be­ing just across the road. “It’s a good buzz in the kitchen.” Agnes said she was touched by the col­lec­tion of money for her birth­day and the ef­fort ev­ery­one went to for the sur­prise lunch.

She said: “They kept me in the kitchen af­ter my shift and got me to do my own buf­fet! I didn’t know it was for me at the time.

“It was a lovely sur­prise, a lovely thing for them to do for me. I’d like to thank ev­ery­one for all their ef­fort.”

Warm wel­come Nor­mandy staff gave Agnes a guard of hon­our lineup Flash­back Agnes in the 1980s Big sur­prise Agnes with ex­ec­u­tive chefs An­drew McI­nally and Peter Ar­mour at her birth­day lunch

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