Having joined Wetherspoon on April Fool’s Day, Chris has enjoyed a rewarding 15 years’ employment.
The Sir Thomas Gerard, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, celebrated its 15th birthday at the end of 2012.
Regular customers toasted the milestone with 15 bottles of bubbly: one for every year since opening. They also had a hotpot supper, at a special surprise party for pub manager Chris Krasocki, organised by her team.
Chris, pictured (centre) at the event with shift managers Jen Wood (right) and Joanna Whalley, opened the pub near Wigan in December 1997 and has spent the past 15 years at the helm.
Originally from Stoke, Chris graduated from catering college to work in clubs and restaurants, before becoming an assistant manager at a wine bar and later running a bar in Manchester.
After a short spell in Yorkshire, Chris joined Wetherspoon in 1996. She said: “I joined the company on 1 April! I returned to Manchester and began as a kitchen associate in Deansgate and have not looked back.”
A stint as trainee assistant manager in Blackburn, with her partner, followed by a move to Scotland to take on pubs in Aberdeen and new openings in Dundee preceded her move to The Sir Thomas Gerard.
“I remember when I came to look at the pub for the first time, it was still a building site. Wearing a suit and stiletto heels, fresh from my interview, I had to climb through the front patio windows!”
Fifteen years on, Chris is now practically one of the locals herself, having moved near to the pub back then and lived in the area ever since.
Chris said: “I am very content at The Sir Thomas Gerard. I have a great team, fantastic customers and love to just concentrate on improving my pub as much as possible.”