A RECEPTIONIST at Altrincham Leisure Centre has celebrated 45 years’ service.

A surprise celebration was held for Dianne Swindell at the leisure centre, including a surprise visit from Trafford Council’s chief executive, Theresa Grant.

Dianne started working at Altrincham Leisure Centre on April 3, 1972, but prior to that at the Altrincham Old Public Baths before the current Altrincham Leisure Centre was open.

Dianne has been a receptionist at Altrincham Leisure Centre for an incredible 45 years and head receptionist for around 8 years.

She is a lifelong resident of Altrincham and an avid fan and season ticket holder of Altrincham Football Club. She is a big fundraiser for charities.

She’s worked with many people over the years, and is well known to the community, seeing many generations of families attend the Leisure Centre over the years.

Ms Grant thanked Dianne for her loyal service. Dianne will retire later in the year.