Marc ASDA be the city’s politest man
SUPERMARKET assistant Marc Sherwood can lay claim to being the politest man in Peterborough.
That’s because he’s the proud owner of a unique award given out by the National Campaign for Courtesy (NCC).
Mr Sherwood (32) who works in the electrical and entertainments department of the city’s ASDA supermarket in Rivergate was handed the special accolade yesterday.
He was given the award for demonstrating consistent helpfulness, politeness and excellent customer service skills.
Mr Sherwood was nominated for the accolade by customer Neil Patrick (70) who noticed just how polite and helpful he was after popping into the store to develop some photos.
Mr Patrick, of Oundle Road, Peterborough, said: “I came in the store to develop some photos off my camera on the self-service machines.
“I’m not very good with technology and needed help. Marc came over and was really kind and patient to me, he explained everything clearly and went out of his way to help me.
“As I was leaving I noticed he was like this with other customers. I’m a sup- porter of the NCC and decided to contact them and tell them about Marc.”
Mr Sherwood said he was very pleased to receive the honour.
He said: “I’m going to treasure the certificate.
“Doing the job that I do requires you to have good people skills. I have always been polite, it’s the way I was brought up to be.
“I think that it comes down to treating people how you would like to be treated and showing basic respect.
“Those are codes that my parents installed in me. I am who I am and I’m certainly going to carry on being polite.
“It’s something you don’t see so much nowadays. Many people are rude and impatient but I think that’s unhelpful.
“If this award makes me the politest man in Peterborough then that’s a very nice honour to have.”
Peter Cresswell, regional executive of the NCC, said: “We give out these awards periodically, so they are very rare.
“I’m delighted to see a young man like Marc displaying good old fashioned manners and politeness.
“He is an example to others and I hope he inspires people. Being courteous costs nothing but goes a long way.
“Our society is all about promoting courteous behaviour. We have a code of values which we live our lives by and aim to pass on to others.
“I once read a quote saying that ‘politeness in society is as essential as salt in food’. And that’s true isn’t it?”
ASDA store manager Shahid Siddiqi added: “We are all extremely proud of Marc.
“We aim to provide excellent customer service and this award shows that our staff are happy to help our shoppers.”
COURTEOUS: Marc Sherwood at Asda rivergate who has been awarded a courtesy award with customer Neil Patrick who nominated him and Peter Cresswell presenting the award.