JUBILEE: Rotherham bin lorry was a collector’s item

JUBILEE: Rotherham bin lorry was a collector’s item

By Admin | 02/06/2022

JUBILEE: Rotherham bin lorry was a collector’s item


WORKERS at a Rotherham Council depot held a “lorry-load” of celebrations to mark the Queen’s 1977 jubilee.

Rather than paint the town red, council worker John Steele decorated a van with the Union Jack in recognition of the monarch’s milestone.  

Then a 22-year-old painter, decorator and sign writer, he said: “My City and Guilds qualification and training was invaluable when it came to calculating how to transfer a 2D union flag design onto a 3D dustbin van.

“I was helped by a youngster from a local school who was at the council on a work experience scheme at the time. I wonder if he’ll see the photo and remember those days?

“It took a lot of marking out the design and ensuring the flag had the correct layout and didn’t end up upside down.”

John, now retired and living in Herringthorpe, added: “The atmosphere was quite celebratory at our depot. My colleagues enjoyed the 1977 jubilee preparations and we were all proud of our contributions to decorate Rotherham.”



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