Richard retires after 40 years in fresh air

Richard Leah, right, who has worked for Calderdale Council in Todmorden's Centre Vale Park for 40 years, was presented with a retirement gift by Mayor of Todmorden Coun Margareta Holmstedt, Mayoress Coun Dorothy Jordan and his council colleagues
Richard Leah, right, who has worked for Calderdale Council in Todmorden's Centre Vale Park for 40 years, was presented with a retirement gift by Mayor of Todmorden Coun Margareta Holmstedt, Mayoress Coun Dorothy Jordan and his council colleagues

A CRAFTSMAN and gardener has retired after 40 years working in Centre Vale Park.

Richard Leah, 56, worked for Calderdale Council’s parks team in Todmorden since he left school aged 16.

“It was my dad’s idea.

“He said working for the council you would never lose your job,” Richard said.

“The best bit has been working outdoors. I never fancied working in a factory.

“I worked in the greenhouse until it got knocked down. Then I got moved to doing the mowing.

“I was on the mowing team going from up in Portsmouth down to Mytholmroyd every fortnight.”

Richard said the job has a lot of variety.

“You are doing different things every day,” he said.

“I liked it because I was in the fresh air. It’s better than being in a stuffy factory.”

Richard said the only plan he has for his retirement at the moment is to relax.

Colleagues, Mayor of Todmorden Coun Margareta Holmstedt and Mayoress Coun Dorothy Jordan made a special presentation to Richard in the park last week to mark his retirement and thank him for his years of service.

Coun Holmstedt said: “We think that 40 years is truly brilliant.

“We presented a civic gift as well because we think the whole park team is doing a wonderful job for Todmorden.”