Celebrating Mary’s 50 years at Tiptree
“We all know Mary”, this is a comment often heard in the Tiptree jam factory where Mary Beal worked for 50 years. From the time she joined Wilkin & Sons Ltd in November 1970 until the day she retired Mary was based in the Crate Room, where all the fruit is checked and prepared before it is made into Tiptree jam or marmalade. Sorting the fruit was her main task but in January and February she would be splitting oranges and separate the peel from the fruit before it was mixed with sugar and made into one of the many marmalades. Chris Newenham joint managing director commented: “We will all miss her enthusiasm and sunny disposition, she was very much part of the furniture.”
At the end of December Mary was presented with gifts and a special cake, made by Tiptree Patisserie Witham, which she cut in front of her “bubble” of colleagues. Chairman, Walter Scott, spoke via Teams, to recall a time when Mary and some colleagues made a special fact-finding trip to Holland to see the preserves they had helped to make on the shelves of local shops. He said: “We are all the richer for having known you, thank you for being ‘Mary’”.
In reply she thanked everyone for coming and said she would miss her friends; but not for long as she now lived opposite the factory could wave to them as they passed each morning.