Praise for Malcolm after 33 years’ loyal service

Malcolm Smith,of Manor Park, who has retired after 33 years cutting grass on Sheffield's parks;with his wife Jean
Malcolm Smith,of Manor Park, who has retired after 33 years cutting grass on Sheffield's parks;with his wife Jean
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AFTER 33 years of mowing grass verges and sports pitches, his career’s covered some ground!

But now Sheffield Council worker Malcolm Smith has retired, the last thing he plans to do its put his feet up.

The dad of three and grandfather of six, who lives with wife Jean on Manor Park, finished his duties for the parks service a fortnight ago .

Malcolm, who has just turned 65, started work for the department in 1978, when he was 32, having previously worked in a tool shop and had a brief stint as a bin man.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed the job and working with the different lads. The main job has involved cutting the grass at sports pitches - which I would also mark out - and looking after grass verges, bowling greens and parks. I spent all 33 years working in the Gleadless Valley area.”

Malcolm, who has been a shop steward for trade union Unison, added: “As well as grass cutting and looking after playing fields, I helped with other duties. When we had the floods in 2007, myself and others were filling sandbags until midnight than back at work at half seven the next morning.

“Last winter, I was out helping to keep streets clear in the city centre during the snow.

“My two daughters Joannne and Lynn are keen I am not sat around the house now I am retired. They have persuaded me to help children with their reading at Ballifield School, in Handsworth. I just need to get a CRB check done.”

Malcolm’s former colleagues at the council presented him with a watch.

David Hargate, Sheffield Council’s head of parks and public realm, said: “We were sorry to see Malcolm finally leave the council after so many years dedicated service to the council. His retirement is well deserved and we really hope he enjoys the additional time he will now be able to spend with his family.”