Council worker Keith celebrates 50 years of employment

Keith Morgan iand his long-service certificate with, left to right, Northumberland County Council chief executive Steven Mason, council leader Grant Davey and yard manager Bob Hodgson. Picture by Jim Gibson
Keith Morgan iand his long-service certificate with, left to right, Northumberland County Council chief executive Steven Mason, council leader Grant Davey and yard manager Bob Hodgson. Picture by Jim Gibson

A Northumberland County Council worker, whose duties include street cleaning in Seahouses, has reached a remarkable 50 years of service, with plans to finally retire at the end of this month.

Keith Morgan, 65, who works as a NEAT (Neighbourhoods Environmental Action Team) operative at Northumberland County Council’s Seahouses waste depot, was presented with a certificate, thank-you letter and gift voucher by council leader, councillor Grant Davey and chief executive, Steven Mason.

As part of his daily tasks, Keith carries out litter-picking and street cleaning in his home town of Seahouses. Keith left school at the age of 15 and embarked on his first job in Wooler for the roadworks team.

Bob Hodgson, Keith’s manager and neighbourhoods area manager, said: “I’m delighted that Keith has been recognised for this exceptional career milestone.

“However, I’m not surprised that he has clocked up 50 years. He is one of the hardest workers I know, is a credit to his team and he sets the bar as an outstanding example of dedication to the job.”

Keith is now looking forward to retiring, with plans to spend more time gardening, walking, playing darts and would like to keep in touch with colleagues.

Councillor Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “I think this is an outstanding achievement and one which Keith should be very proud of. On behalf of the council I wish him a healthy and fruitful retirement – he clearly deserves the very best.”