Sidmouth 'bin fairy' praised

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:19 17 June 2010

A SIDMOUTH man dubbed the bin fairy was presented with an award by his grateful neighbours at Christmas. Jeffrey Rigg, of Byeside Road, has been working his magic for several years by returning his neighbours bins to their rightful place after they have

A SIDMOUTH man dubbed the "bin fairy" was presented with an award by his grateful neighbours at Christmas.

Jeffrey Rigg, of Byeside Road, has been working his magic for several years by returning his neighbours bins to their rightful place after they have been emptied.

His neighbour John Bavester, retired, decided his hard work should be rewarded.

John said: "We are normally out when the dustman comes as are most of our neighbours so Jeff takes them in for us. It's become a bit of a standing joke that Jeff is always here to put the bins away.

"We thought we would have a laugh and present him with the award on Christmas Day."

The handmade award was crafted by John and involved lots of polystyrene and cardboard.

Jeff's young neighbour Jamie, seven, presented him with a poem written by John and an official certificate 'for services rendered to the neighbourhood, above and beyond the call of duty'.

John added: "He was a bit overcome and agreeably surprised-he didn't have any idea."

John's poem written for Jeff:

Christmas comes, and Christmas goes,

Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows.

But through all weathers, wind and cold,

Our Jeffrey is out there, brave and bold.

Green Boxes, and bins, bringing them in,

He is there, doing his thing.

With these chores, he never gets bored,

That's why he's been given

"The Golden Dustbin award


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