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‘Miss BDT’ calls time

Saturday, 3rd October, 2020

Jenny Hall (centre) celebrates her last day with some of her BDT workmates and  a glass of champagne. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Jenny Hall (centre) celebrates her last day with some of her BDT workmates and a glass of champagne. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Jenny Hall worked her last day at the Barrier Truth yesterday after 42 years. 

Having started at the newspaper in the front office at 19 years of age, Jenny decided after all the craziness of 2020 it was time to move on. 

The last few months have seen Jenny working reduced hours due to COVID-19, and doing a few afternoons a week delivering flowers, which she will continue to do. 

“I’m not leaving town,” she said. “I’m going to start a new chapter, as they say. I’ve been working casually as a deliverer a couple afternoons a week at Wild Bunch Florist and absolutely loving it. 

“With all this COVID stuff happening, it changed my life from being just a routine 9 to 5 job. My world got turned upside down and it made me realise that it’s my time to move on.”

Jenny, who is known to one and all from her job at the front office counter, said she was sorry to leave. 

“I do feel quite sad and a little bit guilty that I’m leaving when the world and the newspaper industry is in such turmoil, but I’ve got faith in the people that are still working at the BDT.”

Jenny said she loves the people she has worked with over the years.

“It’s always been a great crew. We’ve had great people working here and they’re easy going. I’ve always enjoyed coming to work.”

But Jenny said she will miss the BDT customers the most.

“Over the years I’ve met so many nice people. They become job friends and you just get to know so many people. 

“I’ll be out shopping or anywhere and always run into someone that I know from working here. 

“Over the years I’ve been called ‘Miss BDT’ and the people are the biggest thing that makes me a bit sad, not being able to serve them. But the girls in the front office will look after them well.

“My greatest hope is that Broken Hill keeps supporting our wonderful paper as every country town needs a local paper, and we have been around for nearly 112 years, one of the oldest newspapers in Australia,” she said. 

“I have faith that the BDT will keep on keeping on during these uncertain times. I want to wish everyone that’s still working here and sticking it out, all the best.”

“A special thank you to Gavin and the rest of the team for holding it together through these difficult times.

“I will miss all my workmates and, of course, all the lovely customers. Hopefully I’ll still be seeing some of them occasionally when delivering flowers.”

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