Green-fingered Bob gets vote of thanks from his grateful neighbours

Bob Kennedy, centre, with his neighbours on South View, Fatfield, Washington who came together to thank him for all his help over the years, not least the way he cuts their garden hedges.
Bob Kennedy, centre, with his neighbours on South View, Fatfield, Washington who came together to thank him for all his help over the years, not least the way he cuts their garden hedges.
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GREAT grandad Bob Kennedy has been hailed by neighbours as champion of their street.

The 71-year-old, of South View, Fatfield, offered to help out trimming their garden hedges over a decade ago and has carried on ever since.

The residents got in touch with the Echo to express their gratitude for the work Bob’s done and got together to say a public ‘thank-you’ for his efforts.

Bob, who lives with wife Margaret and has six children, said: “I was delighted when I found out they were doing this because it’s nice to be appreciated.

“I’ve since found out they were discussing it among themselves before, but at the time I knew nothing about it.”

Bob, who used to run Hire Me Tool Hire in Herrington Burn before retiring, added: “When I first moved in the hedges in my garden were in a hell of a state.

“After I did my own I did an old lady’s because she obviously wasn’t able to do them.

“I ended up doing half of them in the street.

“Now, everybody stops to have a look at them.”

Sandra Reay, who lives next door to Bob, said that he was the best neighbour anyone in South View could hope for.

She said: “He’s cut everybody’s hedge every summer.

“They look great and when people walk up and down the street you can see them admiring them.

“We really want to give Bob a big thank-you for all the work he has done over the years.

“It’s not just the hedges he does, but other things if people need help. He is just a fabulous neighbour to have.”

Bob, a grandad of 15 and a great grandad of three, said: “It’s really nice of everyone to do this.

“I usually get a bottle of something from them at Christmas, but this is great.”

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