GOUROCK'S best loved shop worker is celebrating 50 years working for the Co-op.

Kind hearted John McNulty is 66 but has no plans to retire and promises to keep turning up for his shifts for as long as he can in the new Cardwell Road store.

The legendary Co-op employee is so committed he even walks to his work every day from his home in Greenock's east end.

To celebrate his big 50 John was treated to a special presentation and a surprise visit from Morton manager Dougie Imrie to wish him well.

Greenock Telegraph:

Shocked John, of Brown Street, said: "It is so important to me to keep working, I have no plans to retire.

"I can't believe I have worked for 50 years, I love my job and I love the company. I would miss it if I wasn't working.

"The Co-op is a great company to work for.

"I am always happy to help customers whenever I can. When we worked in Shore Street, I used to take milk over to the health centre.

"I first started working in the West Blackhall Street store in Greenock in 1974, I worked in Bardrainney in the Port for a while then moved to Shore Street.

"I would like to thank everyone for their kind gifts and messages."

Greenock Telegraph:

John worked in the Shore Street store for 40 years until the new building in Cardwell Road opened last year.

Morton manager Dougie Imrie even came along to the new store to celebrate John's 50th year.

John said: "I like my football and Dougie always pops in to see me."

As part of the Co-op team John has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity over the years.

His colleagues including team leader Andrew Smith were all on hand to wish him all the best on his big day at the special presentation and surprise visit from Ton boss Dougie.