Farewell lunch to say goodbye to dedicated Wisbech security guard Roger Vanhinsbergh
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A leaving lunch for a popular Wisbech security guard who was made redundant after 14 years was held the Horsefair Shopping Centre.
Roger Vanhinsbergh, who received a national award for making the community safer, will work his last day at the retail complex tomorrow (Saturday).
Bosses attended a lunch in honour of Roger and his hardwork, as he said it was with a “heavy heart” he was leaving the Horsefair.
It comes as security contracts were cancelled countrywide by Horsefair owners New River REIT Plc last month.
The lunch was attended by Kevin Smith, Kevin Heaney, who is the regional manager for City Security Services LTD who is Roger’s employer, as well as Sharon Mace, president of the Wisbech and District Chamber of Commerce who expressed her thanks to Roger for all his hard work, particularly with the Shop Watch radio scheme.
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Discussing his departure Roger said: “It is with a heavy heart that I’m leaving the Horsefair after such a long time. The response to me leaving from the retailers in the Horsefair and wider town centre, as well as from the general public, has been overwhelming - it’s lovely that people care so much.
“I’ve really enjoyed working at the Horsefair, and then my wider work within Wisbech too, and I’m looking forward to the future and what it may hold with an open mind.”
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Centre manager, Kevin Smith, added: “Over the past 14 years Roger has worked tirelessly in the Horsefair and around most of the town centre.
“His approach to the difficult scenarios that he has faced has always been extremely professional. I can honestly say that it’s been an honour to work with him and I wish him all the very best for the future. I have no doubt that Roger will be sincerely missed.”
Dozens of signatures were gained on a petition launched last month to keep Roger in his position, as disgruntled staff at the Workshop Recruitment Agency wanted to overturn the unpopular decision.
The news also sparked a debate with shoppers online, with many posting their disappointment on discussion groups.