Loyal council worker Geoff celebrates 40 years’ service

Coun Richard Porthouse, left, Mayor of South Tyneside, and Geoff Stenhoff.
Coun Richard Porthouse, left, Mayor of South Tyneside, and Geoff Stenhoff.

A council worker who began employment in South Tyneside on a temporary contract is celebrating 40 years of service.

Geoff Stenhoff is being recognised by South Tyneside Council, which he joined at the age of 19.

He follows in his father Ronald’s footsteps, who also worked for local authority for 40 years.

He started his career at the council’s park department team in Carr Ellison Park back in 1975, and has since enjoyed a varied career working with various teams from the Education Department to Highways, as a labourer, driver and chauffer for the mayor and elected members.

Geoff, 59, now works as is a multi-skilled driver with the construction team based at Middlefield’s Industrial Estate, operating a range of vehicles from lorry mounted cranes to snow ploughs, and carries out vital annual winter maintenance duties.

Coun Richard Porthouse, the Mayor of South Tyneside, said: “I am delighted to congratulate such a dedicated and hardworking member of staff. He deserves our deepest thanks for his loyal and enduring service to the council and South Tyneside’s residents.

“It was a privilege to be able to celebrate this special occasion with Geoff and it is remarkable that he now shares this achievement with his father.”

Geoff has spoken of his pride at working for the local authority – and said he had “no plans” to retire any time soon. He hopes to work well into his 60s.

He added: “When I first started working for the council I didn’t expect that I would stay so long. I’m very proud to have worked for the local authority.”