For he’s a trolley good fellow - still young at 81

Gerry Slater
Gerry Slater
Have your say

IS Gerry Slater Britain’s oldest shopping trolley attendant?

The 81-year-old has worked at the Asda store in Huddersfield for 15 years, where he does three days a week and has no plans to retire.

The father of four, grandfather of seven and great grandfather of five from Lockwood, Huddersfield was born in the town in 1933 and previously worked as a maintenance man at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Despite turning 81 in December Mr Slater has no plans to slow down. In fact his doctor has told him that the fresh air and exercise is good for his health.

Mr Slater says: “The best thing about working here is meeting people. I love talking to customers and getting to know the familiar faces who visit the store. I’ve got no plans to retire as of yet – my job keeps me fit!”

Store manager Ray Nicholls said: “Our customers love stopping to have a chat with Gerry and he’s always so helpful.”

Anne Hodkin, the company’s community life champion, said: “Gerry is so friendly and everybody loves him – especially the elderly customers who visit the store every Tuesday.

“He’s always there to greet them and help them off the bus.”