Jan Curtis, centre, receiving gifts from her colleagues. Picture: Tony Jones.

Her career has seen the property market through its many ups and downs throughout the years.

And after 30 years of helping West Norfolk residents get through the stress of moving, Jan Curtis retired yesterday.

The grandmother-of-three said she had enjoyed  her time as conveyancing manager for Metcalfe Copeman and Pettefar (MCP) Solicitors in King’s Lynn.

“They have been good years and they have gone in a blink,” said Mrs Curtis.

“And during that time, I had my children and three granddaughters so it’s all part of the memory.”

Mrs Curtis, 63, was born in Downham Market and moved to Lynn where she went to school and college.

At the age of 17 Mrs Curtis found her job at a careers convention she attended.

“I found my job by accident – I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she said.

She joined MCP Solicitors in 1970 and  had a career break to bring up her daughters Laura and Alison before retuning in 1996.

Reflecting on her career, she said the highlights had been the clients she had dealt with over the years.

“You develop a rapport with the clients and when they come back it gives me a buzz,” she said.

Mrs Curtis revealed she was looking forward to another celebration – she will be getting married to her partner Malc Stewart in December after 25 years together.

As well as travelling, she is also planning to join a choir and take up yoga and quilting.

“You got to have a plan when you retire,” she said.