Longest serving worker in Britain has been at the same firm for 70 years

Monica Evans started when she was just 19-years-old

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Monica Evans clutches a bottle of champagne from her boss to celebrate becoming Britain's longest serving employee, at the age of 89.

Working at the same firm for 70 years, she has only ever made one mistake – and that was 58 years ago.

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Monica has barely had a day off sick since starting her job in accounts aged 19 at Warwick-based firm Kigass Aero Components.

And, after already celebrating three long service milestones, she still doesn't plan to leave.

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Monica, pictured at work in 1950, started at Kigass Aero Components Ltd aged 19

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Monica, pictured at work in 1950, is Britain's longest serving employee

She said: "Every now and then I've had the occasional crazy moment and thought about retiring.

"But what else would I do? I love my job, I love the people I work with. I wouldn't want to be sat around the house doing nothing. As long my health is good, I want to keep on working."

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Monica (circled) with other staff members celebrating 50 years in businesss

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Monica's party to mark 65 years of work at the company

The loyal employee, now on a three-day week, has filled out 42,000 payslips. And, apart from failing to account for a missing 2p in 1959, she has never put a foot wrong. She started off using pen and paper but is now up to speed with internet banking.

Monica joined 18 months after the Second World War and earned 12 shillings and six pence a week (63p in today's money). During her time at the aviation parts firm she has seen 14 Prime Ministers come and go.

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Monica has only made one mistake at work in 70 years

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Monica has has filled out somewhere in the region of 42,000 payslips

She added: "Kigass took a chance on me when I was young and have always been very good to me. Because of that I feel a lot of loyalty. The fact it's a family run company has always appealed too.

"I've never had any offers to move companies, and I don't think I would have looked for work elsewhere either.

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Monica has barely had a day off sick

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Monica has no intention of leaving the company

"Nowadays people tend to change jobs quite quickly, but if you enjoy what you do and are committed, then there's no need to change."

The firm gave Monica a clock after 40 years, a cake after 60 and threw another party to mark 65 years with them.

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Monica started off using pen and paper but is now up to speed with internet banking

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She says she loves her job and colleagues

But she received a letter from the Queen congratulating her on today's 70-year milestone. And the Guinness Book of World Records is verifying her as longest serving worker.

Monica added: "My memory isn't what it was, but the first day is still there. I was nervous. I was only 19.

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When she first started work, Monica earned 12 shillings and six pence a week (63p in today's money)

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Monica's 60th birthday party taken in the office in 1988

"My hours were half nine till four back in those days. I got the bus in. At first I was in charge of recording the workers' mileage.

"It was 1947, so many things were still rationed. Petrol was one of them. I had to be extra careful."

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Monica's 50 years at the company cake

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Monica received a letter from the Queen congratulating her on the 70-year milestone

Monica's husband of 50 years Kenneth died in 2008 and the couple had no children. Charlie Wardman was her first boss – and she now works for his great-granddaughter Joanne Wardman-Smith.

Joanne said: "We're privileged to have her. Everything she does is on the computer now, and she's taken to it like a duck to water.

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The Guinness Book of World Records is verifying her as longest serving worker

"She's an inspiration, and has a job here for as long as she wants one."

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