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Thursday 21 August 2014

Red Lion's Sheila hangs up duster

Published 16/01/2013 | 12:55

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Sheila Nicholson at the Red Lion (PA/John Millard/Bramwell Pub Company)

A cleaner has hung up her duster after 41 years at the same pub.

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Sheila Nicholson, 71, worked six days a week until 18 months ago at the Red Lion in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

And the great-grandmother still worked five days a week, starting her six-hour shifts at 6am.

Working at the Red Lion in Front Street runs in her family, as her mother worked there for 25 years.

She said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I am going to miss the people. But I will still pop in to keep an eye on things."

Mrs Nicholson, who has four sons, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, is known for her thorough cleaning.

She agreed that people nowadays may not have such a strong work ethic, but conceded: "May be that's just the age I am now."

Red Lion manager Jill Harkness said: "Shelia is one of the best people I know. She's such a lovely person and the team and I will be so sad to see her go.

"She's an important part of the success of the pub and with her passion to making sure the pub is spotless; she leaves some very big shoes to fill.

"There's no smudge, smear or dust that she can't spot."

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