Two members of staff at The Jolly Tars have clocked up 20 years’ Wetherspoon service between them. Shift
manager Joanne Wright (right) has 12 years under her belt, while kitchen manager Amy Dobson joined the company
eight years ago. The pair moved to the Cleveleys outlet, managed by Julie Rodgers, when it first
opened in June 2011. Joanne had started as a bar associate at The Thomas Drummond, in Fleetwood,
aged 21, when the pub opened in August 2001.
Joanne said: It was something I had always done, since the age of 16. When I was made redundant, it coincided
with the opening in Fleetwood and I was taken on. I applied soon afterwards to become a shift manager and spent
10 years in that role, before maternity leave in 2010 to have my son Noah. I now work part-time hours, which fits in
well with being a mum, and I am happy with my role as shift manager. Things have worked out really well. Wetherspoon
is a good company to work for and they take care of the staff.
Amy, originally from Llanelli, moved with the family to Cumbria at the age of 14. It was in her new home of Whitehaven
that Amy’s Wetherspoon career began. Amy, 30, said: I was taken on as a bar associate at The Bransty Arch in
September 2005 and worked my way up to become a shift manager, before moving to The Jolly Tars on a temporary
three-month basis. I ended up staying here and moving home to Cleveleys, as well as moving from front of house into
the kitchen. Amy had worked regular shifts in the kitchen at Whitehaven and enjoyed the experience; so, when pub
manager Julie Rodgers was looking for a kitchen manager, Amy was only too pleased to help out.
Amy said: I took part in Wetherspoon’s catering academy, a 13-week training course, where I learned a lot, which has
helped enormously. There are so many career opportunities in the company and, if you are prepared to give, Wetherspoon
will give back, one hundredfold.