It’s the end of a glass act af­ter 50 years

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by James Lawren­son

STEP­PING down with his squeegee and sponges, Fran­cis Lawrence is looking for­ward to a wel­learned hol­i­day. The vet­eran win­dow cleaner has re­tired af­ter 50 years’ ser­vice to busi­nesses and homes in the Wye area. Mr Lawrence was forced into re­tire­ment this sum­mer af­ter open-heart surgery, which led to a month long stay in the William Har­vey Hospi­tal. He has owned his own busi­ness for the past 30 years, af­ter buy­ing out his boss when he re­tired. Ini­tially win­dow clean­ing was cho­sen as a means of earn­ing some money when few jobs were around. Mr Lawrence, 67, who lives in Bethers­den, said: “Then I got into it more and more as time went on. “My cus­tomers are my friends now, and it’s sad to have to say good­bye to it all.” Now that he is re­tired Fran­cis has de­cided to make good use of his free time and go trav­el­ling. Mr Lawrence said: “I’ve never re­ally had a hol­i­day, and I’ve al­ways been a big speed­way fan, so I’d love to go round and visit all the cir­cuits in Bri­tain.” As a win­dow cleaner Mr Lawrence does have the odd tale or two to tell. Mr Lawrence said: “I was clean­ing in Len­ham and I did come across one win­dow and I thought ‘I’d best leave that one’.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1496683

Win­dow cleaner Fran­cis Lawrence is re­tir­ing af­ter 50 years in the job

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