A LAKE District self-catering cottage company is celebrating the service of one of its long standing employees.

Chris Jackson has spent 25 years at Heart of the Lakes which has a head office in Ambleside and more than 320 properties on its books.

Chris joined the company – owned by his parents Sue and Peter Jackson – following completion of A-levels and only planned staying for a year.

“I don’t think there is one area of the business in which I haven’t worked and the years have never been dull,” said Chris.