David hangs up his spade after 48 years

David Clarke, Boston Borough Council's gravedigger is retiring after 48 years. NA
David Clarke, Boston Borough Council's gravedigger is retiring after 48 years. NA

A DEDICATED council grave digger who has carried out about 7,000 interments has retired after working for the borough for 48 years.

David Clarke, who has worked for Boston Borough Council and its predecessors for what is believed to have been a record-breaking 48 years, retired on Thursday.

Mr Clarke, of Boston, who has been profoundly deaf since a child, signed that he had loved every minute of his job, working outdoors, whatever the weather, “but especially when it’s nice”.

Mr Clarke joined the council on March 31, 1964, starting pit tending plants in the glasshouse before joining the grounds maintenance staff.

He had worked as the grave digger for the last 30 years.

A spokesman for the council said it was estimated that David had dug 7,000 graves in that time.

A number of funeral directors turned out to present him with gifts and wish him well in his retirement.

The Mayor of Boston Coun Mary Wright also attended.

She said she had known David since before he came to work in the cemetary and told Mr Clarke he deserved a medal for his service and presented him with cards and gifts.