|I must admit that I had never given it a thought until the other day. A woman came into the office to see if it would be possible to publicly thank a Rushden Urban Council road sweeper for keeping Queen Street so "nice and tidy".
In fact, this verbal bouquet to a council workman struck me as so unusualnormally one only hears of complaintsI decided to look up this road sweeper extraordinary.
I found him with his barrow, brooms and shovel expertly sweeping the dust into neat little piles and scooping the piles up with his shovel,
He is Mr. George Brawn, 9 Gloucester Crescent, Rushden, who is 68 and has worked for Rushden council for forty years.
Surprisingly enough, Mr. Brawn has only been sweeping the roads since Easter! He spent 35 years on the refuse cart and before that he was a labourer.
"What is the secret of keeping the roads so clean?" I asked. "You give them one really good going over and after that it is easy to keep them clean and tidy," he replied. It is as simple as that.
The woman who came in to congratulate Mr Brawn was Mrs A E King, 149 Queen Street. "Since he took over the street has never been kept so nice,” she said.