A fond farewell to Kath and David

25th May 2021

Cranstons said a fond farewell to long-standing team members Kath McManus and David Hanning this week as they retired after 22 and 11 years respectively working within the team.

Kath joined Cranstons back in 1999 working in our original shop in Kirkoswald and the town centre shop on Penrith King Street before moving up to the Cumbrian Food Hall where she is a familiar face to customers on the butchery and deli counters.  Kath is looking forward to putting her feet up and spending time with her grandchildren.

Philip Cranston said ‘Kath is much loved by everyone in the Cranstons team and our regulars will miss her kindness and excellent product knowledge, She has been a key team member over the year’s at 3 of our shops and I would like to wish her a long and happy retirement. Thank you for your dedicated service Kath’’

Kath said ‘I have really enjoyed my time at Cranstons and I will miss the camaraderie amongst the team and the customers some of whom pop in several times a week. It’s been great to see the company grow and develop its ranges over the years, there is so much more choice for customers now’’.

David Hanning initially joined Cranstons as a Christmas production temp, brought in to help out with pigs in blanket production but has been with the firm ever since having been asked to stay on and look after the Food Hall store.. David is known for his wry sense of humour, for his practical jokes and for having a locker full of biscuits which he dishes out generously.

David said ‘’I have really enjoyed my time at Cranstons. I am really looking forward to my retirement but I will miss the crack (Cumbrian for conversation), it’s been great to be part of a supportive team and I have made a lot of friends for life here’.

Philip Cranston said ‘’I hope you have a happy retirement David, thank you for all your hard work throughout the years and for all the laughs and jokes you have shared, we will miss your jovial face and I know our local suppliers will miss seeing you when they deliver’’

We will miss you both greatly and hope you will pop in regularly to say hello!

Photo : Kath McManus receives her retirement gift from Martin Jones, Deputy MD and David Hanning receives his from Philip Cranston, MD.