Derbyshire Dales District Council joined local authorities around the country in a twitter campaign yesterday to celebrate the tireless work of council workers.
The council gave an insight into the variety of work that goes on behind the scenes, and in full view of the public.
The council tweeted: "Today we’ll empty 600 litter bins, clean public toilets in 15 separate towns & villages across the Derbyshire Dales & dig one grave #ourday."
A day's work for the council also means,sweeping 40 miles of road and filling two 16 tonne road sweepers with leaves four or five times a day, taking sessions of Walking Football at Arc Leisure in Matlock, while Helen from Parks & Streets goes loo inspecting and Jim in Comms redesigns a website.
And the exercise made the council's top brass top and appreciate the range of things that go on everyday as tweets knocked around for the the whole of yesterday, now collected in a single stream to she the day in the life of a local council.
Chief Executive Dorcas Bunton said: “#OurDay was a tremendous exercise for us in helping local residents – and indeed our own staff - get a better feel for the incredible amount of work our teams get through in a single day.
“It is sometimes good to take a step back and, in challenging times, appreciate the sheer range of work that goes on for the benefit of the people of the Derbyshire Dales. Quite rightly, they expect a first class service from us, and I very much hope that the #OurDay campaign will show this is exactly what we strive to deliver.
“I freely admit that I didn’t know until yesterday that our bin crews recycle food waste every weekday weighing as much of an average hippopotamus! Or for that matter that our Arc Leisure Matlock and Ashbourne Leisure Centre together taught more than 210 schoolchildren in that day alone.
“There are other statistics too, such as 23 hours' worth of phone calls into our Customer Communications Team and the 40 miles of roads swept of leaves by our Lean & Green team and 600 litter bins emptied.
"My thanks go to all staff who go the extra mile – some quite literally – to ensure the Derbyshire Dales remains a great place to live, work and visit.”