Pensioner Billy is helping to keep Diss tidy

Billy Turner volunteer litter picker at Diss High Street with Peter George.

Billy Turner volunteer litter picker at Diss High Street with Peter George. - Credit: Archant

Pensioner William Turner, known as Billy, is clocking up nearly 15 hours a week in his bid to keep a south Norfolk town looking clean and tidy.

The 77-year-old turns out five mornings a week and can spend between two and three hours picking up rubbish around Diss.

It is a voluntary labour of love for Mr Turner, of Wordsworth Road, who likes to do his bit for the community.

He can be seen pushing a handmade cart around the town and he wears a high-visibility jacket with VLP - Voluntary Litter Picker - on the back.

Mr Turner said: 'I like to get out on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday morning.

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'I started several years ago and my inspiration came from being brought up in the war. I have a thing about the armed services and I have a great admiration for what the Americans did during the war.

'People fought and died to make a better country and in my own small way that is what I am doing, litter picking to make Diss a better place.'

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Mr Turner has been married for 56 years and his wife Muriel encourages him to get out come rain or shine.

In 2013 he was awarded the Honoured Citizen Award by Diss Town Council and is set to receive sponsorship from a security company after a businessman spotted the pensioner hard at work picking up litter in the town.

Peter George had pulled over to use his phone and bumped into Mr Turner by chance. When he heard Mr Turner was volunteering his time, he decided to give him a helping hand.

Peter George, owner of Malthouse Security in Rickinghall, said: 'We are giving Billy equipment, bags, gloves, high vis jacket, whatever he needs. I really dislike litter, my work colleagues agree and this is something we all feel strongly about.

'It is about having pride in our community and I think what Billy does is remarkable and I admire him.'

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