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Thornhill Square’s park keeper retires after almost 40 years

November 16, 2011

Bride Young, seated centre, is given a special send-off by local residents and Islington Council staff following 37 years of service in the borough

Bride Young, park keeper at Thornhill Square, has now retired after almost 40 years working with Islington Council.

She says she will greatly miss the job and, in turn, she will be missed by all the children and adults who love Thornhill Square.  She was bid a fond farewell by colleagues and local residents on her final day, October 30th.

Bride said the biggest change she’d seen over her time in Islington was the improvement in children’s play equipment. She added: “I’ve really enjoyed the job and the interaction it has brought with children and local residents.”

As well as her friendliness, Bride could be tough when the job required, including tackling anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Paul Smith, Islington Council’s executive member for environment, said: “For many years Bride has been out in all weathers to serve the people of Islington. Bride is a shining example of the hard work that keeps Islington’s parks in good shape for our residents and I wish her all the best for her well-earned retirement.”

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