12:02PM, Wednesday 09 December 2015
The manager of the King Edward Court Shopping Centre in Windsor is retiring after being at the heart of the community for thirteen years.
Martin Miranda, 69, came to the shopping centre in 2002 and has seen it change year by year.
He started before the centre was redeveloped to include a big Waitrose shop and new clothes stores including Zara and Fatface, which he said have ‘greatly improved’ it.
Day to day, Martin’s job has been to keep the shopping centre running and dealing with any problems that arise.
His role has meant he has also been a member of the Windsor and Eton Town Partnership since it started, and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.
“Most of the meetings I’ve been able to go to are because of my job here and I, hopefully, have a very good relationship with a lot of people.
“It has been extremely interesting working with them.”
The stand out moment for Martin was meeting the Queen at her diamond jubilee when the new development at King Edward Court opened in 2007.
He said when the team welcomed the Queen to the centre for the opening they were ‘on tenterhooks’ as the weather kept changing.
Martin said: “When I was four-years-old I saw the Queen driving past me in London.
“I thought I may be in the same room as her but I never thought I’d actually meet her.
“I thought I would be much more nervous because I have a very big respect for the monarchy.
“I remember it very well because we weren’t sure what the weather was going to be like.
“I was amazed by the amount of work that goes into preparing for a royal visit.”
Martin’s last official day at King Edward’s Court will be on Friday and he said he will miss the friends he has made over the years but not the long drive each day from his home in Hampstead.
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