Bolton's best toilet cleaner retires after 27 years

This Is Lancashire: Krystyna Derbyshire at the Market Place toilets Krystyna Derbyshire at the Market Place toilets

A DEDICATED cleaner who helped keep Bolton’s award-winning loos sparkling for almost 27 years is hanging up her mop and bucket.

Krystyna Derbyshire, aged 61, of Topp Way, will retire from Market Place Shopping Centre next Thursday.

Mrs Derbyshire’s job includes cleaning the centre’s toilets which were recently awarded a platinum certificate in the annual Loo of the Year awards.

She started working at the former Market Hall on May 7, 1987, and is now part of a team of 13.

Mrs Derbyshire said: “My husband worked here. He came and told me there was a job vacancy if you can come on Saturday.

“I started that Saturday and I’ve been here ever since. When it was the Market Hall, it was very busy.

“There were quite a few butchers here and there used to be fruit and veg at one time and the cobblers. I’ve known quite a few people from the Market Hall. It was a family atmosphere.”

When husband, Joseph, worked there for two years, his job included clearing all the coins out of the fountain.

Christine Pilkington, who heads the cleaning team, said: “Krystyna has always been punctual.

“She arrives every day, never has any time off sick, she’s very good. She’s always pleasant to work with.”

Mrs Derbyshire is now looking forward to spending more time relaxing and reading.

She said: “I’m ready I think now.

“I will be sad. I’ve got to know all my friends who have worked here. I’m going to miss them.”

And after more than a quarter of a century helping keep the toilets spick and span, what are her top tips for pristine loos?

She said: “Just keep on top of it and keep checking things.”

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7:09am Thu 20 Feb 14

rostron says...

It is these unassuming people who deserve awards & accolades.
Can imagine not a pleasant job, but certainly deserves recognition, have a lovely retirement .x
It is these unassuming people who deserve awards & accolades. Can imagine not a pleasant job, but certainly deserves recognition, have a lovely retirement .x rostron

10:13am Thu 20 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Its a shame that this lady has worked hard for 27 years doing a cleaning job as should be seen as a excellent example.

Yet the mainstream media are feeding us the likes of Benefits Street in particular "White Dee" who is for want of a better word "extracting the urine " out of every hard working person in the country.
Its a shame that this lady has worked hard for 27 years doing a cleaning job as should be seen as a excellent example. Yet the mainstream media are feeding us the likes of Benefits Street in particular "White Dee" who is for want of a better word "extracting the urine " out of every hard working person in the country. Jim271

4:43pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Donkey Stone says...

Entertainment reporter!!!!!!!!!!!!
Entertainment reporter!!!!!!!!!!!! Donkey Stone

5:57pm Thu 20 Feb 14

hal pel says...

S h i t business.
S h i t business. hal pel

10:10am Fri 21 Feb 14

Gore Seer says...

Toilet Cleaner It Is One Of Them Jobs That English Don't Want To Do, Will The Job Be Advertise In Poland?.
Toilet Cleaner It Is One Of Them Jobs That English Don't Want To Do, Will The Job Be Advertise In Poland?. Gore Seer

1:22pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Donkey Stone says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Toilet Cleaner It Is One Of Them Jobs That English Don't Want To Do, Will The Job Be Advertise In Poland?.
No it's all yours.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Toilet Cleaner It Is One Of Them Jobs That English Don't Want To Do, Will The Job Be Advertise In Poland?.[/p][/quote]No it's all yours. Donkey Stone

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