Come on Eileen! Conveyancing secretary marks 35 years with Ellis Jones
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Date Published:11 Mar 2016 Last Updated:11 Apr 2021

Come on Eileen! Conveyancing secretary marks 35 years with Ellis Jones

Conveyancing secretary, Eileen Blackburn, who has handled thousands of property sales says her 35 years with Ellis Jones have “gone like a flash.”

Friends and colleagues staged a surprise presentation to mark her work anniversary at the Canford Cliffs, Poole office.

“The time has gone like a flash but I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every minute. My clients are wonderful,” said Eileen.

Poole born and bred, Eileen joined Ellis Jones, then called Frank Jones & Co, in July 1980.

She initially worked for Mike Jones before providing “fantastic support” for his brother, the late Peter Jones, for 28 years as his secretary.

An integral member of Ellis Jones’ conveyancing team at the firm’s Canford Cliffs, Poole office, Eileen now works as a secretary for Jennie Hedges, conveyancing executive.

Outside of work, Eileen and her husband, Mark, ran a successful Sunday Premier football club, Branksome Railway, for 33 years. The couple, who were married in 1986, have a son, Daniel, 26, who works as an electrician.

Eileen said: “I must have dealt with thousands of property sales over the years, sometimes several for the same client.

“Ellis Jones is a lovely, friendly firm, and I still enjoy my work a lot.”

Nigel Smith, Managing Partner, said: “Eileen is our longest-serving member of staff and we’re very proud to be recognising her 35 years of loyal service.

“She’s a hugely popular member of the team, both with colleagues and clients, and we hope she’ll continue working for us for many years to come.”