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Mary Gander with the new powered sweeper
Mary Gander with the new powered sweeper
Theresa Paddon with her two children, Lee, 18 months, and Darren, three, at their home in Leigh Park

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The powered machine was the first to be delivered to the council and given to Mrs Gander to test drive around the town centre.

She said: ‘I do not think my male colleagues thought much of it when I first started. I suppose I am a bit unusual,’ she added.

Before the machine she had worked with a brush and shovel.

Borough engineer and surveyor Michael Snell said: ‘We are very pleased.

‘I think everybody can see the difference.’