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what were you doing in 2004 ?

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Darren Walsh and Noreen Tapp joined the small team at Marstons in 2004 

Darren (pictured on the right) has worked for us as a carpenter since April 2004 . There can’t be many properties left where he hasn’t hung a door , fixed a lock , replaced a sash cord or fitted a kitchen . Darren has three children , the youngest of whom , Lilly arrived earlier in the year . Darren is married to Krystle who also works for Marstons in the residential lettings department.

Darren enjoys watching darts and is a mean darts player himself.

Fifteen years is a long time but Darren has a few years to go to equal his father Brian’s more than 25 years of service to Marstons as the maintenance manager.

Noreen ( above pictured on the left ) joined in November 2004 as Financial Controller, a few years after the property company separated from the Hotel group . Mark Kingston had been running the accounts for the property company from the Hotel HQ in Kent but with Noreen’s arrival her first job was to set up our own accounts team … of just her initially !

One of her first tasks was to finalise an account for one of the last Contracts carried out by W J Marston & Son five years earlier , converting the London College of Organists in to a home for Robert Tchengiz . Looking at a massive stack of unlabelled files sent up from Kent on a project none of us had been involved in looked like a forlorn hope. There was a significant sum of retention monies due. We realised Noreen had ‘filing Karma’ when she found the paperwork we needed , the payment was requested and money received in no time at all.

Since then Noreen has overseen all the financial needs of the growth of Marston Properties that has seen a five fold increase in value since she joined us in 2004 . Noreen now has 4 colleagues to assist her in the accounts function. Pictured left to right Noreen, Amy, Agnieszka, Vera and Margaret

Noreen’s husband joined the commercial property team as part time commercial property caretaker earlier in 2019 .

Marstons average length of service is just over 10 years but none of us are likely to beat the record set by Harry Sander of 70 years set in 1984 !