A LITTLE boy was swept off his feet by a birthday surprise – after council workers put on a display with their road sweeping machines.
Beau Powell was looking forward to a party for his 5th birthday, but parents Jen, 32, and Matt, 33, had to cancel the plans due to Covid.
The schoolboy has always been obsessed with road sweeping machines so his mum contacted the council and asked if they could help give him a day to remember.
On the morning of his big day, three street cleaners knocked on the family’s home in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and put on a display to remember.
Two road sweepers went through their paces under the watchful eye of Beau, who was also presented with a toy road sweeper, a road sweeper catalogue and other goodies.
Children’s nurse Jen said: “Beau has been fascinated by road sweepers for quite a while.
“Whenever he sees one he just goes into a trance and stares at it. He loves the machinery and is transfixed by them.
“At school he has told the teachers he wants to be a ‘street cleaner man’.
“He was really looking forward to his birthday but we had to cancel our plans because of the coronavirus.
“We wanted to make it special for him and a friend jokingly suggested I get in touch with the council and ask if they could help.
“The council responded and were great. They really went to alot of effort to make Beau’s day and we’re really grateful.
“Beau’s grandparents came to watch and some of the neighbours lined the street as well.
“The machines went up and down the street and lifted their machinery up and down for him. He loved it.
“I don’t think he’ll ever forget it. The team really went out of their way to make his day special. It’ll be difficult to top for his next birthday.”
Kevin Melling, managing director of the council’s environmental services company Ansa, said: “We get some unusual requests from time to time but not many young people are so swept away by our street cleaning work.
“It was great to give Beau a birthday to remember. Hopefully, he’ll be writing to us for a job in a few years from now and together we’ll really clean up.”
His birthday treat was on August 3.
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