Long service marked as colleagues bid Paul a fond farewell

Date published: 09 November 2019

The retirement of a Rochdale Borough Council member of staff following four decades’ loyal service has been marked.

Colleagues, friends and family came together to give Paul Whiting a rousing send off after 42 years employment within environmental management.

Paul joined the council in his early 20s and quickly became a key member of the team, working in a number of key roles during his long and varied career, including playing a leading role in implementing successful recycling policies. More recently, he has worked as a business support officer within the service.

A fond farewell and meal were organised at the Royal Toby in Castleton where Paul was thanked for his service and presented with special gifts and cards.

Paul said: “It’s the end of a happy era for me and I leave behind a lot of fond memories, friendships gained and a pride in the many jobs I did within environmental services. I hope I played my part in making the borough a better place to live and work in.

“Nothing lasts forever so it’s time to look forward to a happy retirement, which will include a bit of fishing, a lot of relaxing and quality time with family and friends. I am leaving behind a lot of brilliant colleagues, it will be sad to say goodbye. Thank you for the days.”

Councillor Neil Emmott, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Paul has been a model employee, loyally undertaking a range of key roles within the service. He will have seen many changes over the years, but his hard work, commitment and ‘can do’ attitude have been endearing constants. I would like to wish him a happy, healthy and lasting retirement.”

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