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Council worker achieves 40 years of service

Rounding up escaped cows and rushing to the aid of an injured motorcyclist is all in a day's work for Colin Pearce who has recently celebrated 40 years in local government.

Colin, who works for Malvern Hills District Council as a refuse and recycling collector, reached the milestone in June and during the last four decades has seen many changes.

He started working for Upton District Council as a relief loader at the age of 19 and since then has been on various bin round across the district, performing the vital job of picking up people's waste for disposal.

Colin said: "One thing that has changed over the years is the recycling scheme that has reduced the amount of waste going to landfill which I think is great.

"I have many highlights throughout the years. The customer focus is the best part for me. I have spent many times helping elderly people with their shopping up and down stairs, changing batteries in fire alarms and assisted in a serious road accident helping a motorcyclist who was hit by a car. On one occasion I even helped a farmer round up some escaped cows which were in the road and locked them safely back in the field."

To mark Colin's achievement he was presented with shopping vouchers and a personal thank you from the management team.

Ivor Pumfrey, head of environmental services at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "To complete 40 years of service is an incredible achievement. We are really thankful for Colin's outstanding contribution, loyal service and dedication to Malvern Hills District Council and our residents."