Council worker retires after 46 years

Lewis South and Rotherham Mayor Coun Dave Pickering

Lewis South and Rotherham Mayor Coun Dave Pickering

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ONE of local government’s best known character in Rotherham has retired after 46 years service.

Democratic services manager Lewis South was officially acknowledged last week at Rotherham Council’s annual meeting when he was presented with gifts by the leader, Coun Roger Stone.

Lewis, 62, started work for the authority in 1966, when he left school at 16. He began as a junior clerk in the Building Works Department and stayed there for just a year before moving to the Town Clerks department, where he was eventually appointed democratic services manager in the 1980s.

He said he has enjoyed every second of his working life.