Rotary award for Gordon

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A member of Aberdeenshire Council’s Recycling and Waste team has been recognised by Ellon Rotary Club for the work he does to keep the town looking its best.

Waste orderly Gordon Lawrence has worked for the council for nearly 40 years.

He started out all those years ago on the bin lorry in Ellon, before moving to Inverurie to work on recycling lorries.

After returning to Ellon he has worked as a waste orderly around the town for the last ten years, picking up litter and helping to keep the area tidy in all weathers.

The Rotary Club presented him with a Community Service Award for “special services within the community”, usually presented to volunteers.

On this occasion members unanimously voted that Gordon should receive the recognition.

A delighted Aberdeenshire Council’s waste manager, Ros Baxter, said: “Gordon always talks to the public and is happy going about his work.

“I’m told he is planning to retire in a couple of years and after serving the public for all this time it will be a well-earned break for him.

“It’s credit to him that he has been recognised by the Rotary club and people in Ellon for the work he has done over the years and the council is proud of his achievement.”