Whitby street cleaner Keith Gilpin set to retire after 16 years of cheerful service

A street cleaner who is a familiar face to many around Whitby is finally due to hang up his brush.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 2:29 pm
Keith Gilpin, who is retiring from the street cleansing department after 16 years' service, pictured at Whitby's Dock End.
Keith Gilpin, who is retiring from the street cleansing department after 16 years' service, pictured at Whitby's Dock End.

Keith Gilpin has worked for Scarborough Borough Council for the past 16 years, diligently keeping Sandsend and the Church Street area of Whitby clean in that time.

Keith, who retires next Thursday (Mar 6), wants to spend more time on his personal interests which include gardening and metal detecting.

“It’s a job I have enjoyed very much,” he said.

“I have always done my best for the area.

“I have met hundreds of people and they see a man with a yellow coat and they ask ‘where do I park? How much are the tariffs? Where is the best chippy?’

“You get inundated with questions.

“I’ve always tried to sell Church Street first.”

Keith has also been regularly asked by dog owners which cafes they can take their pets to while visiting town.

From colleagues to bosses, to the joiners who have fixed his broom, Keith has enjoyed the company of those he has worked with and is in the process of saying goodbye to people he has met down the years.

“I want to express thanks to the people I have worked with,” he said.

His legacy to the town is the 2,000 daffodils he planted on Henrietta Street – paid for by the council – which are now coming nicely into bloom.

Paying tribute on Facebook, Helen Sorsby said: “A lovely man is Keith, always keeping his patch clean and tidy along with having a cheerful smile.

“Wishing him a very happy and long retirement.”

Cheryl Eaton added: “Bless him, proper gentleman. Good luck, enjoy many happy years of retirement.”