Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Homeowners in a coastal town had a surprise after the High Sheriff of Norfolk joined a team of binmen for a weekly collection today.
The Countess of Leicester fulfilled her ambition to collect bins on the Wells round after leaving an Aylsham depot.
It was the last of many activities she has taken part in to learn about different aspects of Norfolk life during her year in the ceremonial role.
Other experiences included spending 12-hour shifts with East of England Ambulance Service paramedics; night shifts with police; sitting with judges and magistrates at courts; and visiting the Bacton Gas Terminal and prisons.
Lady Leicester, from the Holkham Hall Estate, said: “I wanted to find out how Norfolk works. I particularly wanted to come out with refuse collectors. It was at the top of my list.
“The refuse collectors go out in all weathers but they are seldom thanked. I thought it would be a laugh. I intend to do all the round, I don’t want any preferential treatment.”
She was helped by Kier workers Jason Leverett, Chris Money and Paul Watson.
Kier collects the bins on behalf on North Norfolk District Council.
Lady Leicester said the team was “soft on her” as her shift to pick up household waste from 1,294 homes started at 10am, rather than 6.30am.
She added: “I have learned there are many volunteers in Norfolk who never expect recognition.”
Lady Leicester is due to hand over the High Sheriff title to Lady Dannatt next week.
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