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Clarks worker delighted to be back where she has worked for past 64 years after coronavirus shut store

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A SHOE shop assistant is delighted to be back where she has worked for the past 64 years.

Jill Cornick began at the shop aged 14 cleaning nail studded boots in 1956 and can count her days off sick on one hand.

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Jill Cornick, 78, was delighted to be back at the Clarks shoe shop where she has worked for 64 years[/caption]

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Jill modelling a pair of Clark’s at a fashion show in the 1970s[/caption]

Last week widow Jill, 78, enjoyed her first day back at the Clarks shop in Blandford Forum, Dorset, after a three month Covid-enforced absence.

She said: “I’m so glad. I thought I might not be allowed to return because I’m over 70, which would have been devastating.

“I may be old but I see myself as a young old so I’m not afraid of catching the virus. I love my job.

“The technology has changed a lot over the years but I’ve adapted and kept up all the way.

“This shop is my life.

“When I read the government is considering not letting over-70s back to work it really upset me.”


Jill said: “My husband died in 2016 and I’m on my own.

“I love meeting the customers. It would be heartbreaking if I couldn’t go back to work.

“I would not know what to do with myself.”

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Jill began working at the shop aged 14 and was forced to take a three month leave due to the pandemic[/caption]

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Jill poses outside the Clarks shop with a cardboard cut out of Kriss Akabusi for a promotion in the 1990’s[/caption]

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Jill began working at the shop aged 14, can count her days off sick on one hand and says, ‘This shop is my life’[/caption]

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