Iron man David a smooth operator
DAVID Ward knows a thing or two about how to iron a shirt – he's pressed more than 30,000 of them.
That's no off-the-cuff claim, it's all been part of the job for the part-time employee at a city dry cleaning business.
In fact it takes the blue collar worker less than a minute to remove the creases from a shirt.
And his bosses are so impressed they've just rewarded him for 30 years of pressing service.
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David is celebrating his 30th anniversary at Johnson Cleaners in Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter.
The 70-year-old, from Exeter, is now a store assistant with the company. But he originally started work as a dry cleaning assistant when he was just 18.
After a short break, he returned to the company in 1982, and has worked there ever since. David, who used to work full-time, estimates that he has ironed more than 30,000 shirts during his 30 years.
And he has managed to perfect the art, pressing a shirt flawlessly inside 60 seconds.
"I feel so lucky that I've found a job I love," he said. " It would be too hard to pick a particular highlight, as it has all been so enjoyable. Quite a lot has changed since I started in the 1980s, in terms of the processes and technology, however the people I work with and the customers I serve are just as fantastic as they were 30 years ago."
Paul Ogle, managing director of Johnson Cleaners, said: "David is a great example of the dedicated staff that we have working throughout our stores. We would like to thank David for all of his hard work over the years and I am sure his colleagues and customers will join me in congratulating him."
As a thank you for his long service Johnson Cleaners presented David received a £300 shopping voucher.