A HARD-WORKING woman who has dedicated 23 years to South Elmsall is finally hanging up the telephone and closing her computer for the last time.
Wendy Cotterill, 67, spent her last day as town clerk for South Elmsall Town on Friday.
Councillors past and present turned up at the Social Centre, Westfield Lane, to surprise her with a leaving party to celebrate her retirement.
Mrs Cotterill, who lives in Doncaster, said: “I have really enjoyed my time here and have witnessed many heated debates over the years. I will miss it, but will have lots of things to do to keep me busy.”
Mrs Cotterill plans to spend her retirement looking after her husband, Thomas, 73, who is recovering from cancer, and her two sons, Simon and Robin, who both have Asperger’s syndrome.
Clare Baxter, who was deputy clerk, will take on the role of town clerk, and June Patton will become deputy.
Mrs Baxter said they had a great working relationship and she has learnt a lot over the years from her colleague.
Deputy Mayor, councillor Bob Brown, gave a speech and thanked her for her many years of devoted service.
He said: “Wendy has worked hard to make the name of South Elmsall respected and admired and she will be missed.”
Coun Wilf Benson, who has known her for 12 years, said Mrs Cotterill is one of the most knowledgeable clerks in the district and will be sadly missed.