A HUGELY popular Gourock shop worker has been recognised for his 45 years of stellar service.

John Mcinulty, who works in the Co-op in Shore Street, has been recognised for reaching a remarkable milestone.

The 61-year-old, who lives in Greenock, is renowned for going above and beyond for customers.

John told the Tele that helping people is in his nature and that he enjoys interacting with his customer.

He said: "I have seen a few changes over the years.

"I've got to know the customers and if they are stuck I'll help them out.

"I like helping people."

Store manager Michael Grant says John has become a bit of a local legend.

He said: "John is infamous within the Gourock community whether it be delivering milk to the hard working staff in Gourock Medical Practice, pushing cars along the road that need a jump start or just being that person that you can rely on to put the kettle on and is always up for a chat.

"Each day John walks nine miles to and from work and we can all agree is one of the most dedicated and hard working colleagues we have all met."

Michael said John also helps housebound people within the community.

He added: "Nothing is too much hassle for John.

"He also delivers newspapers to elderly people who can't get into the store."

When John isn't working he enjoys watching his beloved Celtic and also likes to play snooker.

To celebrate his long service, his colleagues presented him with bottle of champagne and a special Billy McNeill print.