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Golden broom for street cleaner Ted

Street cleaner Ted Ferrow has decided not to hang up his broom just yet, despite reaching retirement age.

Ted, 65, has been awarded the ‘Order of the Golden Broom’ by bosses at the Whitefriars shopping centre in Canterbury for his years of service and to mark his official retirement.

He has been cleaning the streets of Whitefriars since 2004, but has decided to carry on for a bit longer because he isn’t quite ready to part with his broom and bucket.

Ted has decided to carry on cleaning for five days a week in the shopping centre to stop him from getting bored and to fund his trips abroad.

He joined the Whitefriars shopping centre security team in 2003 after moving to the area from Tyneside. He joined the cleaning team a year later and has been working there ever since.

Ted had previously worked in the Sittingbourne paper industry for 11 years and before that as a machine operator at Maidstone building materials company Marley.

Ted’s wife Sylvia, who is also a cleaner, works part-time at Faversham swimming pool. The couple have one daughter, Julie, who now lives in Adelaide, Australia. Ted has managed to visit the country three times.

He said: “I’d soon get bored sitting around at home, so having a job gives me something to do as well as helping fund our trips to Australia.

“Street cleaning may not be one of the most glamorous jobs around, but I get a huge amount of job satisfaction from seeing Whitefriars’ streets looking neat and tidy.”

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