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Alan Cook Celebrates 50 Years With Poole

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Alan Cook celebrates his 50 year anniversary with Poole

The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Philip Eades has joined staff celebrating Alan Cook's 50th anniversary with Borough of Poole.

Alan, who has been employed as Caretaker at Upton House for almost 39 years, started working for Borough of Poole on 20 January 1964. He was originally employed as a gardener for the Waterloo Area of Poole. He developed the role to include Broadstone Recreation Ground, Wessex Bowling Green and Poole Park Nursery. Since July 1975, Alan has been working at Upton House as both Caretaker and Estate Worker.

Cllr Philip Eades, Mayor of Poole, said: "This really is a fantastic achievement and I'm thrilled to be part of the celebrations to recognise Alan's hard work and dedication as an employee with Poole for 50 years. I remember attending his aunt's 100th birthday party as one of my first Mayoral engagements so to celebrate this event with Alan is great."

Alan was joined by colleagues, past and present, as well as members of Friends of Upton Country Park and volunteers to celebrate his 50 year anniversary.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "Having known Alan for many years I have to congratulate him on this tremendous achievement. Alan's dedication to his role truly is inspirational and I’m pleased so many friends were able to join his celebrations. When I visit Upton House this week I look forward to giving Alan a well-deserved pat on the back."

Despite being eligible for retirement, Alan is showing no signs of hanging up his gardening gloves yet, and remains committed to ensuring Upton Country Park is one of Poole's top attractions.