Grimsby's dedicated street cleaner vows to continue his beloved job until age 90

Martin Beck, known as Elvis amongst his work colleagues, won't be giving up his job anytime soon
-Credit: (Image: North East Lincolnshire Council)


A street cleaning worker is marking over four decades in his role and has no intentions of retiring anytime soon.

Martin Beck, affectionately known as Elvis by his colleagues, joined North East Lincolnshire Council at the age of 18 in 1978. Initially on a six-month temporary contract, he was tasked with emptying bins around Cleethorpes for what was then Humberside Council.

After North East Lincolnshire Council was established in 1996, Martin transitioned to Street Cleansing where he has spent the past 28 years keeping Grimsby town centre tidy. Despite his lengthy service, he has no plans to hang up his litter picker just yet.

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“I tried a number of other jobs before coming here, but I didn’t like them as much as I do this. I was at a bedding shop for about a week and a pop factory in Grimsby for a month too, but I became bored of them all.

“I went on to get a six month trial with the Council and have been here ever since.”

He added: “This is by far the best job in the world and I’m the happiest I have ever been. Everyone here is great and we all get on with one another.

“Additionally, the job keeps me physically fit as I’m always walking around town and I love talking to people too. The interaction with others is one of my favourite things.

“Some people come up to me just to say how good a job I’m doing and that I’m keeping the town clean.” Martin spends most of his shift litter picking around the town centre, but is often helping out elsewhere across the borough.

However, despite over four decades in the job, he has no plan of stopping anytime soon. “I’ll keep going here until I’m at least 90 if I can, nothing will change my mind on that.

“If I could do this for 24 hours a day everyday I would, I just love the job and everything it involves.”