Modest Maurice takes pride in work

PRIDE: Maurice Woulfe has been the attendant at Banchory public toilets for the past four years, this year he took the prize for 'Top Attendant' and 'Loo of the Year'.
PRIDE: Maurice Woulfe has been the attendant at Banchory public toilets for the past four years, this year he took the prize for 'Top Attendant' and 'Loo of the Year'.

Maurice Woulfe is a man who believes you should always take pride in your work.

And he has shown it by attending Banchory’s public toilets near the GPs’ surgery for over four years, keeping them spotless in the time.

The sparkling loos have even won Aberdeenshire Council’s “Loo of the year Award: 2012” and Maurice himself was awarded “Attendant of the Year 2012”.

All public conviences across the ‘Shire take part in the awards.

The former sub-sea engineer took up the post after retiring and realising a life at home wasn’t for him.

“I was a sub-sea engineer for many years but after I’d retired for a couple of years my wife told me that I’d have to get a job or she’d break my legs!” he laughed.

“So I saw this job came up and took it, it’s better to keep busy I think. I’ve always thought that no matter what your job is you should take pride in it and do it to the best of your ability.”

Originally from Dunstable in south-east England, Mo (as friends call him) moved to the north-east of Scotland in 1973.

Upon arriving in Scotland Maurice was the butt of the occasional jibe about being from south of the border but insists it “was all in good fun”: “You have to laugh about things like that, people can sometimes take a joke too seriously but I knew it was all meant in good fun, we’d have had a laugh with a Jock if he was down south so I don’t really see the difference.”

He lived a life of adventure in his “days in the oil” working as far afield as Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and across Africa.

He said that the Banchory toilets before he arrived were “a bit of a state”: “The budget is tight with the council and I saw they were in need of a paint job so I just paid for the paint and did it myself. I don’t mind, if it makes the facilities look better.”

Banchory Community Council’s Lorna Barker praised his custodianship: “He really is to be commended, I’ve seen those toilets and they’re certainly cleaner than my bathroom! It gives the town a good image- especially with tourists.”

“The facilities are quite often vandalised but Maurice just gets on with the job in hand. I’ve lived in Banchory for over 30 years and never seen them looking so good.”

On receiving his awards modest Maurice said: “I didn’t want to display them but the Council made me put them up.”

“I jokingly asked if the council would give me a raise when I got the awards, but as you can imagine I already get paid a fortune by the council.” he added with a cheeky grin.