11th June 1999




After 38 years’ service with the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, cleaner Madge McAlpine used her mop and bucket for the last time today.


At 69, Madge is already well past retirement age but has planned her next few weeks to be even busier than usual - she’s off to America for a two-week tour of the west coast with her sister Sally, calling in at Las Vegas.


Staff in Cumberbirch Hall, on Cottingham Road, where Madge is based, arranged a special presentation of gifts to celebrate her retirement as a very popular colleague.


“Everyone has been just wonderful,” said Madge, who lives on Fairfax Avenue in Hull. “I’ve enjoyed the past 38 years tremendously and met some marvellous people.”


She began her working life as a cleaner in the main library, staying there for 26 years before moving to Cumberbirch, which began life as a conference centre before it changed into halls of residence, later becoming offices.


The university was a teacher training college when Madge arrived and has had many metamorphoses since then.


With three children and four grandchildren, Madge says she will have plenty to keep her occupied when she returns from her holiday to begin her retirement. She was a dressmaker by trade before the children were born and she hopes to carry on sewing now she has more time. “Whatever I do, I’ll never be bored!” she added.




Note to Newsdesk

A photo will be sent out first class on Monday, Mrs McAlpine is not available for photographs because of her trip.


Sam Hendley

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