Comedian Sean Lock surprises guests with appearance at Glasswells 70th anniversary event in Bury St Edmunds

Long-serving members of staff at Glasswells' 70th anniversary celebration.

Long-serving members of staff at Glasswells' 70th anniversary celebration. - Credit: Archant

Home furnishings retailer Glasswells has hosted a gala dinner to celebrate 70 years of trading in East Anglia.

Comedian Sean Lock performing at Glasswells' 70th anniversary celebration.

Comedian Sean Lock performing at Glasswells' 70th anniversary celebration. - Credit: Archant

The event, held at the company’s showroom in Bury St Edmunds, was attended by around 350 members of staff, suppliers and local dignitaries.

Paul Glasswell, managing director, spoke about the 70-year history of the family business and used archive photography and historical notes from the eras of both his grandfather and father, Jerry and Leslie Glasswell.

Six awards were also presented to staff in recognition of long service – Terry Glasswell and Roger Tricker, who have both achieved 50 years of service, Alison Tooke and Margaret Fletcher, 30 years, and Linda Rogers and Carol Fordham, the latest to join the firm’s 20 Year Club, which is currently made up of 75 members of Glasswells staff who have all been awarded a gold watch.

The evening concluded with a treat for staff and guests in the form of an unannounced appearance by comedian Sean Lock, who took time out of his sell-out UK Tour to perform at the anniversary event.

Paul Glasswell: “Glasswells were delighted to host an evening of celebration for our staff and suppliers and it was wonderful to mark our 70th anniversary with such a prestigious event.

“We know how important it is to reward our staff for their hard work and excellent service and this party was our way of saying thank you everyone that has helped us reach this milestone.

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“The long service awards are a tradition introduced by my father, Leslie Glasswell, which we are pleased to continue to this day and it is so very gratifying to see the list grow in numbers with every year that passes.

“We all enjoyed an excellent evening of delicious food and drinks, music and entertainment; it truly was a party befitting of 70 years of success,” he added.