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Brent Cross employee Randolph 'Sandy' Sandiford to retire
Meeting Charles and Diana, Mrs Thatcher - and Robert Mugabe - are among the memories a long standing Brent Cross worker will leave behind after 37 years on the job.
Randolph Sandiford – known as Sandy – has been a familiar face at the Prince Charles Drive shopping centre since its opening day in 1976.
Starting out in security, the former soldier joined the customer service team in 2005, and is the longest serving member of staff.
During his time at the centre, he has met everyone from Princess Diana to Muhammed Ali.
He said: “A highlight for me has to be when Prince Charles and Princess Diana came to officially open Prince Charles Drive.
"She was beautiful, like an angel and the crowds loved her. I have been lucky enough to see lots of famous people who have visited – everyone from Muhammad Ali to Mrs Thatcher, Boy George and even Robert Mugabe.”
Recalling the centre’s first day, the 79-year-old said: “I remember it was a rush to get everything finished when I started working here.
“Brent Cross was the first shopping centre of its kind in the UK, so it was a big story and everything had to be right.
“It has been a great place to work and to meet so very many nice people.
“The type of people who come here has changed a little as there’s lots more families and younger people, which shows the centre has not lost its appeal for all generations.”
Sandy, who is married to Lucille, was born in Guyana and served in the British Army for nine years, with postings to Germany and Northern Ireland.
During his time in the army, he was tasked with guarding Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess at the Spandau Prison in 1972.
The great grandfather says he has “no intention” of slowing down during his retirement and plans to live life to the full.
He added: “I want to see something of the world, just go where I feel like. A river cruise to Vienna is top of the list.”
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