Housewares veteran Patrick Gardner was treated to a surprise party for his 70th birthday last week - courtesy of all the employees at T&G Woodware.

Patrick parties to celebrate his 70th!

Housewares veteran Patrick Gardner was treated to a surprise party for his 70th birthday last week – courtesy of all the employees at T&G Woodware.

Patrick parties to celebrate his 70th!

The event was put on in the showroom of the Bristol kitchenware supplier, of which Gardner is founder and managing director.

He was presented with a metre-long wooden spoon signed by everyone in the company, and which can double up as a walking stick. The staff have also adopted a vine for him, which means having his name on a plaque, enjoying a day at the vineyard and receiving a follow-up invitation to return to harvest his grapes.

Stock control manager Dave Travis and warehouse manager Rob Hughes revisited Gardner’s past with a selection of photos of him from his youth to the present day, and everyone tucked into a bespoke 70th birthday cake sporting the T&G logo.

T&G’s head of marketing Jenny Handley told HousewaresLive.net that everyone at the company had managed to keep the party a total secret from the boss.

“It was a complete surprise and he was overwhelmed and loved it,” she said, “especially the fantastic cake made by one of the reps’ wives and, of course, the wooden spoon!”

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