Ranger refuses to make a meal about working

CHRISTMAS PICNIC: Matt Lowe, Belle Vue Park's ranger, takes a break from working on Christmas Day to spend time with his family.
CHRISTMAS PICNIC: Matt Lowe, Belle Vue Park's ranger, takes a break from working on Christmas Day to spend time with his family.

AS families tucked into their Christmas dinner, a handful of caring souls may have spared a thought for those with the unfortunate task of working on Christmas Day.

Matt Lowe, a ranger at Sudbury’s Belle Vue Park, was thankful to those well-wishers, as instead of enjoying turkey with all the trimmings at home he set about his usual routine.

The 32-year-old, who started work at 9am as the majority of people across the town were busy unwrapping presents, said: “It was the first time I have ever had to work on Christmas Day and I just tried to make the best of it.

“The park was still open to the public and the animals still needed feeding and cleaning out.”

Despite being unable to be at home with his family in Rosemary Gardens, Mr Lowe did get the chance for a well-earned break, and his wife, Kerry, and children Joshua, nine, and Freya, 11-months, came to visit him for their very own Christmas lunch.

“We had a bit of an upside down Christmas,” he said.

“We had prawn cocktails and a little picnic, before I could join the family for the main event after I finished work at 4pm.

“My wife understood it is part of the job and I think it probably added something to the day.

“I can certainly think of worse places to spend Christmas.”