Ruby retirement for pub cleaner

It has been an emotional day for staff at a pub in Chester-le-Street, as they said goodbye to a cleaner who's worked there for 40 years. Sheila Nicholson is retiring at the age of 71 after taking over the job from her mother in 1972.

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Cleaner hangs up duster after 40 years

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

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

The great-grandmother still worked five days a week, starting 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.

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

"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."

– Sheila Nicholson

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."

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