Councillor George Pickett Retires

from the Essex County Council 1977

From the Echo Newspaper Group Archives

They say a new broom sweeps clean, but an old hand wielding a new broom does even better.

There was a surprise gift in store for the grand old man of Canvey, Coun. George Pickett pictured, who made his farewell to Essex County Council at its highways meeting yesterday.

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He was given the "brush off in the nicest way possible, for the committee presented him with a new broom so that Labour man George, now in his 80s, could still lend a hand with a spot of street sweeping.

Mr. Bert Lewis, from Essex highways maintenance branch, presented him with the broom and a tribute was paid to him by committee chairman Coun. Bob Dan­iels.

Coun. Pickett, of Delfzul Road, Canvey, had been held in high esteem, he said and had brought light-hearted relief during serious debate when it was most needed.

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