WHEN Deborah Duffy and Mary Luckett joined Stonehouse firm Independent Financial Services in 1999, neither could have suspected they would both be celebrating an award for 15 years of service.

The pair, who both began in the same week, were both presented with flowers, chocolates and champagne for their long service. They both said: “The presents were a nice surprise, the time has flown by and it’s been a great place to work.”

Managing Director Paul Baker said: “Deborah and Mary are invaluable assets for the company, who’ve been with us through thick and thin, and we have several others who will also achieve long term service awards soon.”