Burton bin men touched by 'unbelievable gesture' from chippy

A group of Burton bin men who regularly tuck into a dinner from a Winshill chip shop as a "fortnightly treat" were delighted when the owners decided to offer them a chippy dinner on the house. Reg Drew, his son Adam, 32, and their colleague Ashley Handsaker, 36, all work on bin lorries for East Staffordshire Borough Council. Two years ago, when their round was changed, they started emptying bins in Winshill on a Friday and would stop by the Queen's Fish Bar in West Street and enjoy their lunch in the car park opposite.

However, the chip shop has been closed during lockdown, reopening for evenings only on May 4. Last week while doing their rounds, the trio parked the truck in the usual spot opposite the fish bar to have their sandwiches and took a picture of them eating their packed lunches to send to the chippy owners.

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What happened next took them by surprise. Mr Drew, 59, from Tutbury, said: "We always have a lovely meal from there but obviously everything is closed down at the moment so we have been having sandwiches instead.

"Last week we still parked the truck in the car park opposite the chippy and Adam took a picture of the chip shop and one of us eating our sarnies, then posted it on Facebook saying 'miss you Queen's chip shop'.

The owners of the Queen's Fish Bar made the nice gesture for the keyworkers

"Mario, who runs the chip shop with his wife, responded by saying they'd like to treat us to something next time we visit. "I thought it was unbelievably generous and Mario deserves a massive pat on the back." Mario Constantinou and his wife Margarita own the Queen's Fish Bar and said some key workers still doing their jobs during lockdown have been "overlooked."

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Mario, 41, said: "We feel that some key workers have been overlooked.

"The removal of refuse is incredibly important and we've seen our bin men working hard throughout the pandemic and yet they're still as friendly and as cheerful as always. "We just felt that they deserved a treat. "They're also regular customers and are always a joy to serve when they visit."

Mario and his team will be opening especially on a Friday afternoon, when the bin men would usually pay the chip shop a visit. to fry and serve the food for them.

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